Mother Nature came to visit the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City for only the second time in 14 years, not allowing Fourplay to give the stellar performance fans had come out to see.
Fourplay would like to apologize to everyone who came out to show their support and brave the elements. Fourplay hopes to see everyone out there next year for what will be a memorable show!
Dear Bob-san: The Day before Easter 2012
I was sitting down and watching NHK program this early afternoon here in Arcadia, CA. I watched The total one hour program of what you contributed to Iwate Jazz 2011,
You have just lifted the Spirit of people in Oofunato, Iwate, and Japan on your last Iwate jazz 2011. The degree of spiritual height is started from the disaster areas to the top of Mt Fuji and finally to the top of Himalayas Summit mountain ranges.
The every member of the band players participated Iwate Jazz 2011 has been so ecstatic and I believe you have resurrected their spirit and soul from disaster stricken areas on this day before Easter in 2012.
Just for your information, one of members of the band expressed that she can play piano and her desire could play piano with you and so she wish she could play even just few note when you go to Iwate for the next performance. This is what I overheard in this TV dialogue.
What a beautiful performance you conducted not only as the foremost as a human being but also as the ambassador of the music world ,which resonate from Japan to throughout the world.
I will join you as “Put our hearts together movement.”
I am 79 years old and your music also lift my heart and spirit and I felt being young again.
ARIGATOU for your performance at Iwate Jazz Festival.
For Your Better Health
Bob and Fourplay are in the studio working on the new album, and had a special visit from Usher. He stopped through recently to see how things were going, and to hang out with the guys for a bit…
Tickets still available! Follow link for more info…. Winemaker’s Dinner and Concert
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Bob James with Howard Paul & Delbert Felix is officially SOLD OUT for this weekend at the Jazz Corner in Hilton Head, SC!
Mike Ragogna: Hello Bob.
Bob James: It’s great to be speaking with you, Mike.
MR: Thank you very much, and thank you for spending some time with me today.
BJ: I’m speaking to you from Traverse City, Michigan.
MR: Is Traverse City where you’re set up? Is that where your label, Tappan Zee, is?
BJ: Sort of. Tappan Zee has dwindled down to basically being just an expanded version of me. It’s not really a record company, a big warehouse or anything like that. Traverse City is my home now, and most of the year it gets awfully cold here in the Winter time, so I escape down to Savannah for three or four months in the Winter time.
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A simply delightful dual disc, with the video concert including three selections also on the CD plus three different ones. The pair of pianists come from quite different backgrounds: James fronts the band Fourplay, and Matsui performs and records more jazz-oriented material under her own name. The two have resurrected what once was a very popular family music-making tradition—the cozy setup of two pianists sitting on the same piano bench and playing music especially written for four hands at the keyboard. Schubert, Schumann, Mozart and others wrote many such pieces, and others arranged popular solo piano selections and even some orchestral selections for four-hand performance. This is a combination of the East and West in music and falls into that ever-expanding area that partakes of both classical and jazz genres but is really neither.
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