2020: Yoko Miwa’s Year In Review
It’s been … quite a year.
Nobody could have known when this year started that 2020 would go the way it did. That we’d see the shuttering of jazz clubs, an explosion of online performances, the loss of a host of jazz legends, and so much more. Despite it all, the music kept going, shedding light in the dark corners.
The year started in fine style, with the Yoko Miwa Trio performing at the famed Birdland in New York City. (See photos from the show.) It was a great night with a packed room full of old friends and new friends.
February saw another milestone, as Yoko signed with the Ubuntu Management Group, a partnership that continues to promise exciting new opportunities for Yoko to get her music to a wider audience.In March, as the pandemic really took hold and concert venues started closing their doors, Yoko began a weekly series of live performances from her home. These online shows quickly gained a following. We also took some time out to celebrate Edamame, Yoko’s adorable cat.
The streaming concerts continued to gain steam in April. By May many jazz clubs had caught on to the streaming boom, and Yoko performed an online show on behalf of Scullers Jazz Club. Yoko also celebrated her birthday with a streaming show.As the summer solstice neared, Yoko played a gig streamed by the Blue Note in New York. In July, Yoko announced a new CD and played on WBGO. We also found out that Les Zygomates, one of Yoko’s musical homes for many years, was closing its doors.
In August Yoko and her team had a photo shoot for a cover for the new album.
The Detroit Jazz Festival has been an end-of-summer tradition for years. This year it streamed online, as did the DC JazzFest. We also published an A to Z look at Yoko.
We redesigned the website in October, and Yoko gave a presentation and performance for the Seacoast Jazz Society.
Now, with just a couple weeks left in the year, all of us in the Yoko Miwa family wish you and yours a happy, healthy, safe and musical 2021!