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KOBE Sister City Jazz Day

Mon, Sep 15, 2014

Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
$0.00 Free parking

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley along with the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association, the Kobe Trade Information Office and Shinkaichi Music Street is pleased to present Kobe, Japan’s 2014 Vocal Jazz Queen, Rie Takahashi for one night only. Band members supporting Ms. Takahashi are Bill Anschell (piano), Greg Williamson (drums) and Jeff Johnson (bass). The show starts at 7:30 pm, doors open at 5:30pm. A donation of $10/adult and $5/students and seniors is greatly appreciated as donations support the Seattle Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition program.

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Rie Takahashi was born and raised in Kobe and has loved singing since childhood. She grew up influenced by her mother, who often listened to American and British music, and by her father who was a magician. She started on a Hammond organ at the age of seven and began her development of music sensibility and rhythm.

Rie made her professional jazz singer debut in 2007 and performed live on NHK television (Japan’s national broadcaster) in June of that year. She soon became a regular performer at SONE, Kobe’s top live jazz club and has become one of the most popular jazz vocalists in western Japan. Rie won the top prize at the Saitama Shintoshin Jazz Vocal Contest in November 2013, which launched her career in Tokyo as well.

She is a certified Jazz Chants’ instructor, as recognized by its founder, Carolyn Graham. Jazz Chants is highly regarded in Japan as the most useful way to master spoken American English pronunciation, intonation, stress, and rhythm. Rie is the only certified instructor in Japan who is actively teaching Jazz Chants and Vocals by using her own unique methods.

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