Sunday, April 24, 2011

Jazz Concert Next Saturday, April 30th!

I've often said one of the great things about living in Japan is all of the interesting people I've been able to meet. One of those people is professional jazz drummer Tommy Campbell. He has played with such jazz giants as Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, & The Manhattan Transfer, just to name a few.

The great news is that he'll be having a concert at
Mr. Kelly's Jazz Bar in Umeda this coming Saturday, April 30th. Tommy will be performing with 2 vocalists, a pianist, and a bass player. If you're into jazz or you want to hear world-class jazz for the first time, this is a show you definitely do not want to miss. There will be two performances, one starting at 7:30 pm, the other starting at 9:15 pm. Tickets cost ¥ 4,000 each. Click on the following links to learn more...
Tommy's Gig Info in Japanese

Tommy's Gig Info in English

Mr. Kelly's Jazz Bar in Umeda

Map to Mr. Kelly's Jazz Bar in Umeda

I first met Tommy many, many years ago when he married one of my students. Not only is he a great drummer, but he's also great guy...and very, very tall! He came to our wedding party way back when I (kind of!) had hair...

Tommy & friends (his & ours) at our wedding party. Tommy's in the back of that photo and he's still towering over everyone!

You can check out some of Tommy's magic in this video...

Tommy's playing solo in this video. Don't forget that he'll be performing in a band at the concert on Saturday

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