DC Jazz Festival
Thursday, June 11th - 6:30pm
Presented by the JICC, Embassy of Japan and DC Jazz Festival
Guitarist/composer Nobuki Takamen was born in Hiroshima, Japan. Jazz historian Scott Yanow describes him as "an excellent improviser in his own bop-inspired style." John Heidt of Vintage Guitar Magazine has also called him "a mature player with keen sense of composition [and] considerable technical skill."
A mainstay of the New York jazz scene, Nobuki has toured with his group in the USA, Canada and Europe, performing at some of the best jazz festivals and clubs including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Nisville Jazz Festival in Serbia, Blue Note NY, Iridium Jazz Club and Smalls Jazz Club. He has also toured annually throughout Japan since 2004.
Nobuki released two albums on What's New Records. His third album, Live at the Iridium, released on Summit Records, presents a complete, uncut performance from a set at Iridium Jazz Club in 2009. His fourth album, Three Wishes, recorded with his trio, was also released on Summit Records in 2012. Nobuki's playing and music have been featured in publications worldwide, including DownBeat, Vintage Guitar Magazine, Just Jazz Guitar, AllAboutJazz, Jazz Podium, Jazz'n'more, Jazz Special, Musica Jazz and Jazzwise.
Besides leading his group, Nobuki has been playing solo frequently since his solo concert at the Montreal International Jazz Festival as part of 100% Guitare in 2009. He recorded his first solo guitar album one month prior to his Euope tour in August 2014. This latest album, Solo Guitar was released in December 2014.
Nobuki endorses Acoustic Image Amplifiers, Raezer's Edge Speaker Cabinets, Eventide, Reunion Blues and Taylor Acoustic Guitars.
Tickets are $15.00 (plus a convenience fee) and can be purchased through InstantSeats. Tickets are required and guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 6:00pm. No admission or re-entry after 7:00pm.
About the Washington DC Jazz Festival
Since 2005, the DC Jazz Festival organization has provided enriching and entertaining jazz performances and programs that introduce students and adults from all walks of life to jazz, our nation’s singular original art form. The festival presents a selection of the jazz genre’s most acclaimed artists as well as emerging artists, and provides enhanced exposure for the rich treasure trove of musicians from the Washington, DC area. Throughout the year, the DC Jazz Festival nourishes the community with free educational programs that extend our reach into underserved communities and enhance the quality of life for DC public and charter school students.
For a full schedule of events and more information about the DC Jazz Festival, please visit their website.