Upcoming gig in the U.S.
■Fri. Dec. 29, 2017 at Old Meeting House, Vermont, USA
■8/2 @Cornelia Street Cafe,New York, USA
Jesse Forest(Gt) “Lights Out” CD Release ft.Kaoru Azuma(Vo)
Livio Almeida(sax), Kalí Rodríguez-Peña(Tp), Michael O’Brien(Bs), Allan Mednard(Dr)
6pm. $10 cover/ $10 minimum.
■8/11 @Radio Bean, Burlington, Vermont, USA
Jesse Forest(Gt) “Lights Out” CD Release ft. Kaoru Azuma
■8/12 @Positive Pie, Montpelier, Vermont, USA
Jesse Forest(Gt) “Lights Out” CD Release ft. Mr Yee(MC) & Kaoru Azuma(Vo)
Kaoru Azuma – Profile –
Kaoru Azuma was born in Osaka, Japan 1977.
She started her professional career during her junior college year in Osaka, Kyoto, and other parts of Japan.
In 2000, she got the one of the prizes of the Kobe Jazz Vocal Queen Contest.
In 2003, she moved to New York to perform and enrolled in the jazz studies program at the City College of New York.
Kaoru’s knowledge and education in music comes from great singers and musicians such as Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan,
Suzanne Pittson, Kate McGarry, Mike Holober and Scott Reeves in New York.
After receiving her BFA degree and the Pro Music Award from City College, Kaoru began performing in clubs such as
the 55 bar, the Cornelia Street Café and others while collaborating with New York-based musicians.
In 2006, Kaoru’s 1st CD, The Water Is Wide was released in the U.S. and has had airplay in Belgium and Switzerland.
In 2008, Kaoru’s 2nd CD, Footprints in New York (River East Music 1002, 1003), was released in the U.S. and Japan.
Her selections are primarily compositions associated with the great jazz masters.
Her CD was reviewed and recommended as a Hot New CD for Summer 2009 by Jazz Improv Magazine.
In 2010, Kaoru was selected as a guest vocalist with Japanese All Stars from Kobe City for the French Quarter Jazz Festival in New Orleans,
where she performed a series of acclaimed shows.
In 2011, Kaoru was selected as one of the semifinalists for the 10th International Jazz Voices Competition in Klaipeda, Lithuania.
The unit Star In Green with guitarist, Jesse Forest released its 1st album Star In Green (River East Music 1003) in October 2011.
In 2013, Travels (APLS-1305 Apollo Sounds) with co- leader Hitomi Nishiyama, was released.
In 2015, Wonderlands (DNCD 06, D-neo, Daikimusica), jazz standard album with pianist, Phillip Strange was released.
Throughout she has been known as a remarkable and creative jazz vocalist, composing original music, writing lyrics on re-imagined instrumental tunes, doing free improvisation, and contributing unique arrangements to the jazz canon.
– Discography –
Daikimusica , D-neo (DNCD06)
Released on Apr. 22, 2015
Kaoru Azuma feat. Phillip Strange
Member: Kaoru Azuma(Vocals)& Phillip Strange(Piano)
1. Alice in Wonderland
2. My Foolish Heart
4.What a Wonderful World
5. So Nice
6. My One and Only Love
7. Joy Spring
8. Moonlight Serenade
9. East of the Sun
10.But Not for Me
11. I’ll Be Seeing You
Apollo Sounds （APLS1305)
Released on Dec. 4, 2013
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HMV, Tower Records etc
Album Details in English
Kaoru Azuma & Hitomi Nishiyama
Members:Kaoru Azuma – vocal
Hitomi Nishiyama -piano , compose
Motohiko Ichino – guitar
Ryosuke Hashizume – tenor, soprano saxophone
Toru Nishijima – bass1. On Travel (music: Hitomi Nishiyama / lyric: Jesse Forest, Kaoru Azuma)
2. Gardens Under The Rain (music: Hitomi Nishiyama / lyric: Kaoru Azuma)
3. Changing (music: Hitomi Nishiyama / lyric: Kaoru Azuma)
4. Just By Thinking Of You (music: Hitomi Nishiyama / lyric: Kaoru Azuma)
5. Lost In Time (music: Hitomi Nishiyama)
6. Blue and Blue (music & lyric: Hitomi Nishiyama)
7. Circular Blue (music: Hitomi Nishiyama / lyric: Jesse Forest)
8. Remains To Be Seen (music: Hitomi Nishiyama)
9. Baroque (music: Hitomi Nishiyama)
10. Moon River (music: Henry Mancini / lyric: Johnny Marcer)
“Kaoru’s technique has restrained passion, yearning and sweetness, and
the works are reminiscent of Keith Jarrett or Kenny Werner.”
A trombonist, alto flugelhornist, composer, arranger, author, and college jazz educator (The City College of New York, CUNY, and The Juilliard School of Music)
“This music reminds me Maria Schneider, Luciana Souza’s works and fits Kaoru’s voice very well. “Baroque” brought me an excitement of JAZZ through taking a risk for the improvisation which has half steps and modulation changes. Even though Hitomi brings the irregular meter composition “On Travel”, it’s very natural and comfortable feel.”
A jazz singer
“Beautiful! Great arrangements and beautiful singing!
Very high quality, both in singing and arrangements and playing.”
A jazz singer and educator
River East Music （REM 1003)
Released on October 12,2011
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|Star In Green / Star In Green
Star In Green 1st AlbumMembers: Kaoru Azuma(Vocal) & Jesse Forest(Guitar)1. Overjoyed
3. Flor De Lis
4. Star In Green
6. Like A Loverr
7. Sky Blue
9. I Will Wait
10. Chorinho Pra Ele
11. Just By Thinking Of You -Yakusoku-
River East Music （REM 1001)
Recorded on April 2nd 2008 in NY
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|Footprins in New York
/ Kaoru AzumaMembers:
Kaoru Azuma – Vocals
Scott Reeves – Alto Flugelhorn & Trombone onFootprints
Mike Holober – Piano
Jesse Forest – Guitar
Robinson Morse – Bass
Paolo Prlandi – Drums1. High Wire (Chick Corea/ Tony Cohan)
2. Confirmation (Charlie Parker/Sketier Spight Leroy Mitchel)
3. Hana (Shokichi Kina) & A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing (Billy Strayhorn)
4. Another Yes or No(Yes or No) (Wayne Shorter/ Kaoru Azuma)
5. Footprints (Wayne Shorter)
6. Jungle City New York (Bemsha Swing) (Thelonias Monk/Kaoru Azuma)
7. Now’s The Time Giant Steps(Giant Steps) (John Coltrane/ Kaoru Azuma)
8. Without A Trace (Scott Reeves)
9. Along Came Memory(Along Came Betty) (Benny Golson/ Kaoru Azuma)
10. Turn Out The Stars (Bill Evans/ Gene Lees)