BOP TRIBAL, Preview/Fundraising @ the Dragon Upstairs

Thursday May 29, 8:00 - 11:00 PM@ the Dragon Upstairs

It was a epic night we never forget.
So many people came to the Dragon to support our project.
Lots of thanks and aloha to everybody!

We played all our original songs which we will record on June 2.

Abe Lagrimas, Jr. (drums), Satomi Yarimizo (piano), Shawn Conley (bass),
DeShannon Higa (trumpet), Reggie Padilla (tenor saxophone)

We also video-shot. We all sweat with the strong and very bright lighting.

Satomi Yarimizo (piano)
DeShannon Higa (trumpet)
Reggie Padilla (tenor saxophone)
Shawn Conley (bass)
Abe Lagrimas, Jr. (drums)

Set List:
There will never be another you (warm up)
One Bad Song a Day / Reggie Padilla
Manoa Mist / DeShannon Higa
Flowers Smell Better in June / DeShannon Higa
Melancholic Toes / Satomi Yarimizo
Jellyfish /DeShannon Higa
Bop Triabl / DeShannon Higa
Honeycreeper 2 / Satomi Yarimizo
Tune 4 April / Reggie Padilla
Tipsy Island / Satomi Yarimizo
One The Edge / DeShannon Higa
Love Beautiful / DeShannon Higa
Lemon Flavored Suede Shoes / Reggie Padilla

Sponsor : Hank Taufaasau and the Dragon Upstairs
Photographer : Aaron Yoshino http://honozooloo.com/
Live Recording : Johan Montero


Rehearsal for the recording project 2

Thursday May 29 afternoon

It was really hot day both musically and on the high temperature.
We did a final rehearsal before the recording.

Video crews came and shot us to make videos.


Rehearsal for the recording project

Monday May 26, afternoon.

We, Bop Tribal, are planning to produce a CD and video clips (or possibly a DVD) spending a full-day on recording next Monday, June 2nd. We will record our original compositions. We rehearsed this afternoon and all songs are sounding great. These include varieties from swing, Dixie, Latin, Ballad, Straight 8th jazz, Funky jazz, Waltz, 6/4 straight 8th jazz, Modern Bebop, Funk Rock to 5/4 waltz-- and all of these will showcase our music.

We are going to have a preview/fundraising show this Thursday May 29, 8:00 p.m. at the Dragon Upstairs.
Please come and join us this Thursday.

Lots of people will help us. Our good friend, Johann, will record us live. We hired 2 pro video crews and 1 photographer, too. We will also be video-shot and photo-shot at our next rehearsal on May 29 afternoon.
I am hoping we can make good music video clips as well as a great CD.


BOP TRIBAL @ the Dragon Upstairs

Saturday May 24, 8:30 p.m. -

flyer, made by DeShannon

Special guest, Shawn Conley

DeShannon and Reggie

The back view of the band

Special guest, Diane Rubio


Stafford Hunter @ the Dragon Upstairs

Saturday May 17, 8:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Special Show

Stafford Hunter (trombone) visiting from New York!
Satomi Yarimizo (piano)
Reggie Padilla (tenor saxophone)
Jon Hawes (bass)
Justin James (drums)

and conglaturations on your engagement, Stafford!


Writing and practicing...

lots of time. I want 48 hours a day. :-(


George Young and Gabe Baltazar @ Honolulu Club

Wednesday May 14, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Gabe Baltazar, Stafford Hunter sitting-in from NY and George Young
Honolulu Clube was packed with lots of jazz fans.

Two Jazz Legends!
Visiting Artist! George Young (tenor sax), Gabe Baltazar (alto sax), Noel Okimoto (drums), Dean Taba (bass), Robert Shinoda (guitar)

George Young's credits include: Dizzy Gilespie Band, Paul Simon Band, The NY / LA Dream Band, The Rolling Stones, many more...
Gabe Baltazar toured extensively and recorded as lead alto with the Stan Kenton Band.

Honolulu Club
ph# 543 3900


Satomi Yarimizo Quartet plays with Stafford Hunter

This Saturday, May 17

New York - Honolulu

The Dragon Upstairs
( located in the loft above Hank's Cafe Honolulu)
1038 Nu'uanu Avenue
$7 cover

Stafford Hunter (trombone)
Satomi Yarimizo (piano)
Reggie Padilla (tenor saxophone)
Jon Hawes (bass)
Justin James (drums)

About Stafford Hunter:

Trombonist/ sea shells, Stafford Hunter; This Philadelphia native became a professional musician by the age of 16. He attended Penn State University for 2 years before moving to New York and graduating from the New School Jazz & Contemporary Music Program in 1994. Of which, he was the first trombonist actually to graduate from the New School.

In 1992, Stafford appeared as a model in the December issue of L'Uomo Vogue (the Italian Vogue magazine for men). This issue also featured jazz greats like Milt Hinton, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, etc... Also, he appeared in a documentary film on the late-great pianist, Dorothy Donegan. He was the 1993 award winner of the "Al Grey Award for Musical Excellence". It acknowledged Stafford as "the Most Promising Jazz Trombone Talent of 1993". Also in 1993, he performed at former-US President Bill Clinton's inaugural.

Since then, the trombonist has performed, recorded and toured all over the world with the likes of Illinois Jacquet, McCoy Tyner, Lester Bowie & Brass Fantasy, Abdullah Ibrahim, Charli Persip, Charles Tolliver, Tony Bennett, Roy Hargrove, Cab Calloway Orch., Joss Stone, the Mingus Big Band, Lauryn Hill, Frank Foster, Clark Terry, Reggie Workman, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lionel Hampton Orch., Dionne Warwick, Muhal Richard Abrams, Amy Winehouse, Steve Turre & Sanctified Shells, and is a present member of the Lionel Hampton Orch, and has been a member of the Duke Ellington Orch. under the direction of Paul Mercer Ellington since 1996 among other groups.

Also of note, Stafford appeared in a movie entitled "the Day the Ponies Come Back" which was released March of 2001 in France. And, he is heard as a soloist on the Blue Note Records Grammy nominated CD "With Love"-Charles Tolliver Big band.


Satomi Yarimizo Quartet @ the Dragon Upstairs

May 3, 9PM-
Special guest, Justin James!

Satomi Yarimizo Quartet:
Reggie Padilla (tenor saxophone)
Jon Hawes (bass)
Justin James (drums)
Satomi Yarimizo (piano)

The Dragon Upstairs
( located in the loft above Hank's Cafe Honolulu)
1038 Nu'uanu Avenue
$5 cover