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International Jazz Day Concert
April 30 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
Japanese jazz pianist, Senri Oe, will be performing as a soloist this Sunday, April 30, 2017 in honor of International Jazz Day. The free concert begins at 3 p.m. and will be held at the Historic First Congregational Church. The Jazz Ministry of First Church in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Atlanta Jazz Festival is sponsoring this event.
Senri Oe has been active and influential in the Japanese music scene as a lyricist, composer and arranger ever since he debuted in 1983. He is known as a regular pianist for Morning Musuko, a 17-piece band specializing in Japanese popular music (J-pop). The band seeks to improve understanding between Japan and the rest of the world through their interpretation of J-pop.
Additionally, Senri Oe leads his own band and appears in jazz venues around Japan as well as in the New York metropolitan area. He is currently featured monthly at Tomijazz New York and has a monthly column in a free Japanese paper, “Senri Oe’s New York Music Life.” Senri also launched his own record label called PND Records and Music Publishing.
This concert is taking the place of the previously planned International Jazz Day concert that was scheduled for Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Rialto Center for the Arts of Georgia State University.
“We deeply regret that we had to cancel the International Jazz Day concert. Unfortunately, Hugh Maskela, one of the featured headliners with The Jazz Epistles, is ill and cannot travel to the United States. We wish Mr. Masekela a speedy recovery and hope The Jazz Epistles will return to Atlanta,” said Camille Russell Love – Executive Director, Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “With our 40 Days of Jazz events this year, we hope jazz lovers will attend the many other wonderful events scheduled over the next four weeks leading up to Memorial Day weekend.”
The concert was to include performances by The Jazz Epistles along with jazz vocalist, Sofia Rei, jazz pianist, Senri Oe and jazz vocalist Tamuz Nissim.
Patrons who previously purchased tickets to the International Jazz Day concert will receive a refund from Rialto Center for the Arts.