Yasuko Hayakawa in Concert (2)

@the rRed Elephant, April 29 8:00 p.m. - w/
Hasuko Hayakawa (piano) from Akita/Japan, DeShannon Higa (trumpet), Abe Lagrimas Jr. (vibes) from L.A., Steve Jones (bass) and von Baron (drums).

Live recorded CD will be coming soon! Can't wait to hear it!

Yasuko Hayakawa (piano), DeShannon Higa (trumpet),
Steve Jones (bass),
Abe Lagrimas Jr. (vibes) and von Barron (drums)

DeShannon and Abe

DeShannon, Steve, Yasuko, von and Abe
Great job!!

Yausko swang so hard and so impressed all the audience.


John and Gerald Clayton in concert

@ UH Orvie Auditorium.

It was just amazing!!
I love John and Gerald Clayton so much!!

This photo is captured by my cell phone.

John is using Ray Brown's bass!


New York Jazz Nights with Frank and friends

Yasuko Hayakawa in Concert@the rRed Elephant
I dropped by Yasuko Hayakawa's concert w/ Yasuko Hayakawa (piano) from Japan, DeShannon Higa (trumpet), Abe Lagrimas (vibes) from LA, Steve Jones (bass) and von Baron (drums) early evening at the rRed Elephant and run to the Dragon. It was such a wonderful concert and I wanted to hear the whole show. Can't wait to hear the record.

New York Jazz Night 1@ the Dragon Upstairs
I also had a great time playing w/ Frank Perowsky (tenor sax, flute) from NY, Darryl Pellegrini (drums) from NY, Jon Hawes (bass) and Satomi Yarimizo (piano) at the Dragon Upstairs. Around 11PM, lots of musicians sat-in and everybody enjoyed HOT jazz w/my quartet, DeShannonHiga (trumpet), Abe Lagrimas (drums), Shawn Conley (bass) and Yasuko Hayakawa (piano). 11:30PM, the Dragon was more than packed with lots of audience and musicians. Audrey said to me, "This is the jazz!".

Photos of Yasuko's concert and my gig are coming soon. (Shinya forgot the camera at the Dragon!! )


Satomi Yarimizo Quartet with new upright piano!

This YAMAHA (used) upright came to the Dragon in the morning and we really enjoy the great sound at the same night.

Now, the band sounds more full and great!
Everybody loved this piano.

Thursday, March 27 8:30-11:30PM

Satomi Yarimizo Quartet with
Reggie Padilla (tenor saxophone)
Tetsuya Hasue (bass) visiting from Akita/Japan
Shinya Yarimizo (drums)
Satomi Yarimizo (piano)

Yasuko Hayakawa (piano) visiting from Akita/Japan

Yasuko and Reggie enjoyed playing together.
Yasuko will have a recording concert at the rRed Elephant on Saturday, March 29.

Rhythm Section Workshop by John Clayton

It was such a wonderful experience. I learned a lot of things from John, Gerald and von.

Wednesday, March 26 2-4PM
Rhythm Section Workshop 1: John Clayton
- Ray Brown Bass & Rhythm Section Tips.

Thursday, March 27 2-4PM
Rhythm Section Workshop 2: John Clayton
- Getting Your Sound
I had a 15 min lesson from Gerald!!

Friday, March 28 2-4PM
Rhythm Section Workshop 3: John Clayton
- Open Forum: What Do You Need?

John Clayton - bass "Bass Giant"
Gerald Clayton - piano "Monk Competition winner"
von Baron - drums

John inherited Ray Brown's bass!

Gerald is so talented young pianist.
He is only 23 years-old but he plays piano like giant.

They will have a concert on this Sunday at Orvis, UH.


New York Jazz Nights with Frank Perowsky

I will play with two great musicians from New York this Saturday the 29th, Monday the 31st, and Thursday April 3rd at the Dragon Upstairs. You won't want to miss these hot jazz performances!!

Frank Perowsky visiting from New York

Upon graduating from Juilliard in 1958, Frank Perowsky began his career in the big bands of Jimmy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Les and Larry Elgart playing the jazz tenor chair. In the sixties while freelancing in NYC he recorded and performed with Johnny Richards, Tito Rodrigues, and Bill Watrous. He has performed in back up bands for Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson, Billy Eckstine and has recorded and toured with Liza Minnelli from 1981 to the present.

He currently performs with Mike Longo's Big Band in NYC. That band has recorded three CDs which feature Frank along with Darryl Pellegrini on drums.

Darryl Pellegrini played in New York for 20 years and is now a Hawaii resident.

Ohio native Darryl Pellegrini earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education
and jazz from Youngstown State University and his Masters Degree in Music Performance from Manhattan School of Music. Throughout his career in New York City Darryl has toured and performed with numerous jazz greats such as, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, John Faddis, Larry Corryell, Don Grusin, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Milt Jackson, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Joe Lovano, Lew Tabackin, Toshiko Akiyoshi, John and Bucky Pizzarelli and Harold Danko to name a few. He has also toured and recorded with Chuck Mangione, Mike Longo and the New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble, and Scott Whitfield Big Band East. Currently, Darryl is recording and performing with The Matt Catingub Orchestra of Hawaii and tours with Lea Salonga,

After 20 years of freelance performing, subbing and touring for Broadway in such hits as The Lion King, Fosse, Swing, Kiss of the Spider woman, 42nd Street, West Side Story,City of Angels and recording for numerous Commercials, Television, Movies, and Cartoons, Darryl now happily teaches, performs and resides in Hawaii with his wife and child.

Saturday March 29 9pm - midnight
Monday March 31 8-11pm
Thursday April 3 8-11pm
Frank Perowsky (saxophone) from New York
Darryl Pellegrini(drums) from New York

Satomi Yarimizo (piano)
Jon Hawes(bass) - March 29

Steve Jones(bass) - March 31
John Kolivas (bass) - April 3

The Dragon Upstairs
1038 Nu'uanu Ave. 808-526-1411


BOP TRIBAL: musician 5: Jon Hawes

Jon Hawes is one of the busiest bassists in Hawaii. I always have so much fun playing with him.

Jon Hawes (bass)

Jon spent more than seven years touring the mainland as a bassist with east-coast acts such as Peter Prince & Moon Boot Lover and Percy Hill before re-locating to Oahu's north shore in 2003. Since arriving in the islands, he has become busy performing on stage or on recordings with Henry Kapono (with whom he recorded the Grammy-nominated and Na Hoku winning CD 'The Wild Hawaiian'), Michael McDonald, Makana, Paula Fuga, New Jass Quartet, Toyz of Pleasure, Shawn Livingston Mosely, Shephen Inglis and more.

BOP TRIBAL: musician 4: von Baron

von Baron has been supporting me since I started learning and playing jazz in 2004. He also played for my first gig at the 'Blowout 2004'. Now, I can play with him more regularly which makes me so happy.

von Baron (drums)

Originally from Kansas, von spent three years studying drums, percussion and music at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and then at Berklee Collage of Music in Boston. He studied classical, jazz and Brazilian music extensively. He lived in Seattle for a few years where he performed regularly before he move to Hawaii in 2000. He has enjoyed a very rewarding career in music performing and recording with local, national, international artists of many genres. Over the years, von has worked with artists and groups including, The Honolulu Jazz Quartet, the Honolulu Symphony, Mihana Souza, Show Brazil! and many others.
He also released his debut album "Pangaea" in 2007.

BOP TRIBAL: musician 3: Reggie Padilla

Reggie Padilla and I are playing a lot together since he moved from New York at the beginning of 2007. He is so talented young musician. He also plays beautiful piano!

Reggie Padilla
(tenor saxophone)

Reggie was born and raised in New York, he received his master's degree in music from New York University and studied with Pete Malinverni, Don Friedman and Bob Albanese. He also received coaching from bassist Martin Wind. Reggie has performed at New York venues such as The Biter End, CBGC's , The Lion's Den, and among many others. He is also on a video on BET, on Kyle Jason's "Why am I So Funky".

He moved to Hawaii at the beginning of 2007 to stay for good, and has quickly become one of the most in-demand musicians on the Honolulu music scene.

BOP TRIBAL: musician 2: DeShannon Higa

DeShannon Higa is the most popular jazz musician in Hawaii and I really respect him. I'm learning lots of things from him musically and also how I manage the band. He is my big teacher. :) He is also the main composer of the band.

DeShannon Higa (trumpet)

DeShannon is a renown jazz trumpet player both in Hawaii and New York City. His professional experience spans 20 years. He has performed around the world and in famous venues like Birdland, Carnegie Halll and Radio City Music Hall. Among his teachers are studio legend Ollie Mitchell, Grammy Award winning jazz trumpet player Brian Lynch and other famous musicians. He also recorded on many albums including those of Raiatea Helm, Hula Joe & the Hutjumpers (received a Hoku award for best jazz album). His credits include such notable artists as Burt Bacharach, Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Al Jarreau, and Tower of Power, among many others!

DeShannon's style of music range from jazz to latin/salsa to modern electronica break beat music. As a bandleader/visionary, he has assembled and is currently performing with two bands of his own creation: gr00ve.imProV.arTists(an urban jazz-electronica dance band) and Quadpod(a neo-bop quartet).

BOP TRIBAL: musician 1: satomi

I am going to introduce my quintet band, BOP TRIBAL.

Satomi Yarimizo (piano, leader)
I started taking piano and organ lessons in Japan at age three. During my teen years, I played drums, guitar as well as saxophone. I really loved playing music. At age 13. I started playing simple jazz/fusion by ear. I already loved jazz very much and listen the same tapes ( because I did not have many) over and over. :) During middle and high schools I did a lot of ensemble and arrangement work for piano and keyboard.

My former job at a computer company fortunately brought me to Hawaii in 2000, and I worked a couple of years with the company ( and we made a computer-animated feature film!). On March, 2004 I happened to sit-in to play piano on my friend's jazz show at the Rafters and then people started supporting me and and I started to seriously teach myself jazz theory and to sit in at local jazz venues in order to become a full-time musician, which is my real passion. I really appreciate that many people and friends keep supporting and helping me since then.

In 2005, a friend of mine and one of the greatest trumpet player, Tiger Okoshi recommended me to come to his school, so I attended the intensive summer course at the Berklee College of Music in Boston to further enrich my understanding of jazz. I started gigging soon after I returned to Honolulu, and now regularly perform jazz 4 to 5 nights a week at assorted venues with my duo, trio, quartet and quintet featuring various respected local musicians.

I am so happy that I can play music everyday. Music gives me a chance to meet lots of nice people.

Satomi Yarimizo Quartet@ the Dragon Upstairs

After I enjoyed escargot, oyster and other great dishes with three glasses of wine at the Du Vin with my good friends and Shinya, I played at the Dragon Upstairs with

Reggie Padilla (tenor saxophone)
Mark Tanouye (bass)
Shinya Yarimizo (drums)
Satomi Yarimizo (piano)

Saturday, March 22, 9 PM - midnight
The Dragon Upstairs
( located in the loft above Hank's Cafe Honolulu)
1038 Nu'uanu Avenue

Yummy, yummy. :)


Happy Birthday

shinya, entertain himself... 'happy birthday to me'.

Delicious 'pyramid chocolate cake' from JJ French Pastry.
Everybody loves it!

Happy Bitrhday, Shinya!

March 21th, 2008

Satomi Yarimizo trio + Chris Yeh
Chris Yeh (alto saxophone) : guest
Gilbert Batangan (bass)
Shinya Yarimizo (drums) : birthday boy!!
Satomi Yarimizo (piano)

Shigezo ( Japanese Tofu and Sushi Restaurant )
808 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu HI 96816

Many of our friend came and helped celebrate Shinya's birthday.
Thank you very much!



BOP TRIBAL is a Hawaii-based jazz quintet group playing bebop, hard bop, and our original tunes.

DeShannon Higa named the band and also wrote a very cool theme song, 'BOP TRIBAL'. We will start from the theme song on our next show on April 12th@the Dragon Upstairs. You do not want to miss it!

I am the leader (aka the "manager" making copies of the charts, transcribing and arranging the songs, creating and printing charts using finale and putting them into binders, booking musicians and making calls to the club owners, designing, making and distributing flyers, and etc...) and I really enjoy it :)

DeShannon Higa is writing lots of original songs for us. I am very much looking forward to playing them with BOP TRIBAL.
Reggie Padilla and I also have some original songs and we will play them in our upcoming shows.
I want to play Reggie's beautiful ballad, 'Tune 4 April', on our April show.


BOP TRIBAL Premiere Night

Date: March 15th, 2008, 9pm-midnight
Venue: The Dragon Upstairs, Honolulu, Hawaii
( located in the loft above Hank's Cafe Honolulu)
1038 Nu'uanu Avenue

DeShannon Higa (trumpet)

Reggie Padilla (tenor saxophone)

Jon Hawes (bass)

von Baron (drums)
Satomi Yarimizo (piano)

Set List:
Bop Tribal (Theme song) / DeShannon Higa
Split Kick / Horace Silver, played by The Jazz Messangers
Jordu / Duke Jordan, played by Clifford Brown
Naima / John Coltrane
Sister Sadie / Horace Silver

Wabash / Cannonball Adderley

Up, Jumped Spring / Freddie Hubbard
Seven Steps to Heaven / Miles Davis

Joy Spring / Clifford Brown
Mo' Better Blues / Bill Lee, from Spike Lee filme "Mo' Better Blues'

I had so much fun playing with great musicians.
So many people came to the Dragon to listen to our music.
Thank you, everybody and thank you for your support!
I'm so happy!


Next performance of BOP TRIBAL:
Saturday, April 12th, 9 p.m. - midnight
@the Dragon Upstairs

DeShannon Higa (trumpet)

Reggie Padilla (tenor saxophone)

Mark Tanouye (bass)

von Baron (drums)
Satomi Yarimizo (piano)

photos by
Shinya Yarimizo

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