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Nineteenth Annual Kobe Day with Ami Latte

Thu, Sep 20, 2018

$15.00 ($6 Service fee Included) All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

Tickets may be purchased on-line or by phone.
Night of show seating typically available.

Vouchers, promotional certificates, donated gift certificates, student/military discounts, senior discounts, children under 12 free discounts and 2 for 1 cards are not applicable for this show.

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 2018 Vocal Jazz Queen, Ami Latte, for one night only. Band members supporting Ami are Randy Halberstadt (piano), Greg Williamson (drums) and Jeff Johnson (bass). The show starts at 7:30 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $15/person ($6/ticket is Jazz Alley’s service fee.) The remainder supports the Seattle Kobe Jazz Exchange program.

artist info

Ami Latte was born in Sapporo, Hokkaido Japan but she currently performs mainly in Tokyo. Ami grew up listening to her jazz vocalist mother and was naturally influenced by her. While attending Waseda University and studying Art History, she spent a year in the US. After returning to Japan she worked at an IT company and at the same time she began studying jazz on her own. In 2016, she performed her first gig in Tokyo. Six months later, she was selected as one of the top eight finalists at the 36th Asakusa Jazz Contest in Japan. From 2017, she has been performing at the Hilton Hotel Tokyo and at a Starbucks that hosts live performances. In 2018, she added performances at the Nagoya Marriortt Hotel. And, of course, Ami won first place at the 19th Kobe Shinkaichi Jazz Vocal Queen Contest.

Before she started singing jazz, she was hesitant to follow her dream of becoming a singer. But her love of jazz gave her courage and taught her that it is okay to make mistakes and become carefree. Now, through her music, her goal is to encourage people who are hesitant to do new things or follow their dreams. Also, she hopes many people enjoy jazz including people who are not familiar with jazz.

Message from Ami

Seventeen years ago, a Japanese man arrived in Seattle from Kobe, Japan. His name was Ichiro. Many people said that he would not succeed in the major leagues but he never gave up and worked hard. As you know, he overturned these criticisms while making new records! I want to keep challenging myself like he did and deliver energy and courage to people all over the world with my music. That is my life goal.

As with Ichiro, I will arrive in Seattle from Kobe, Japan. I hope you will join me and see my challenge begin!


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