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Friday, June 10, 2005


Back to the future of jazz

Yoshio Toyama (trumpet) and his wife, Keiko (banjo), will introduce "Shonen Satchmo ga Kiita Jazz (The Jazz the Boy Satchmo Listened to) 1901-1923," an event to introduce early jazz, with two themes -- "From Ragtime to Jazz," and "The Boy Satchmo and Trumpet Kings." The couple learned to play Dixieland music 1968-73 in its hometown of New Orleans. For this event, they will play old jazz tunes based on the original arrangements with their band, Dixie Saints.

The event, which is sponsored by the Japan Louis Armstrong Society, will also feature film, photographic and sound recordings. Jazz critic Masahisa Segawa will also speak. (No translation provided).

The event begins at 6:30 p.m., June 15 at the Athene Francais Cultural Center in Tokyo's Ochanomizou.

Advance tickets are 3,300 yen, same-day tickets 3,500 yen. Call [047] 351-4464 or e-mail: saints@js9.so-net.ne.jp or visit: www.users.tapstep.net/saints/

Athene Francais Cultural Center (tel. [03] 3291-4339) is a six-minute walk from JR Suidobashi and Ochanomizou Stations.

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