This was to be such an exciting spring. We were going to return to NYC to play Dizzy’s Club, part of Jazz at Lincoln Center. And then we planned to lounge on the beach in Florida after doing a concert at Arts Garage in Delray Beach, FL. We were headed back to the recording studio, working on a new CD for Ubuntu. I had so looked forward to playing a concert in the Berkshires for the West Stockbridge Historical Society (where I’d have had a chance to play for one of my musical heroes, Ahmad Jamal!). Beloved bebop vocalist, Sheila Jordan, had invited us to perform with her in Boston for the following weekend. And then it was off to Washington DC to play on the National Mall as part of the 3-day festival surrounding the Ella Fitzgerald Vocal Jazz Competition. Makoto Ozone was going to be playing with the Army Big Band that same day. All of that running around by plane, train, and automobile while still playing two weekly residencies in Boston.
Then plans changed drastically. But music goes on! Now I’m welcoming you into my home studio for livestreamed concerts every Friday and Saturday night on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/yokomiwapiano
Seeing friends and fans mingling and chatting in the comments brings back a little taste of the community of music lovers hanging out after shows. Thank you for supporting us with your positive energy, kind words, and monetary donations. I can not wait for the day when we can once again sit in the same room sharing music and fun conversations over drinks and a good meal together! Until then, please stay safe and I’ll see you online!