Tuesday, February 16, 2016

THE ALL-STARS KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR! Shinichi Yanagisawa Makes His 2016 Return!

Yours truly with actor-singer Shinichi Yanagisawa at the HUB in Asakusa. 

Tuesday, February 16, saw the All-Stars return to the HUB in Asakusa for their first show of the year, It was another great performance, with many of the same familiar jazz fans in attendance. Naturally, Shinichi Yanagisawa, as the band's vocalist and drummer, was the main attraction for me.

Shinichi Yanagisawa played Miyamoto in Shochiku's The X from Outer Space (1967), and he has also starred in a myriad of other films for Japan's biggest studios. I was privileged to interview Yanagisawa-san for Vantage Point Interviews in 2014, and you can read the discussion here.

After the performance, I had a nice discussion with Watanabe-san, the band's saxophonist. His English is great, and his assistance in translating Yanagisawa-san's interview was invaluable. I can't wait for the April show!

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