OJA – Gig in Urasoe City

Posted: August 27, 2009 in Uncategorized

Ever wondered if Jazz was alive and well in the tiny island of Okinawa?

I am happy to report that it indeed is.

Here’s some pics from a gig in early August in Urasoe City, Tedako Hall.

Flyer for the Event held August 1st 2009

Flyer for the Event held August 1st 2009

OJA Band in full swing

OJA Band in full swing

Let me just say that the facilities here in Okinawa in certain areas are state of the art.

The halls etc are fantastic and have all the latest technology and comforts built into them – so basically it’s a great venue to play.

It’s nice to be playing into a fresh state of the art microphone too – so you know you don’t have to take it 100%

The Okinawan Jazz Association also seems to not do things by halves either- they had professional flyers printed, local press and even recorded the event. Each gig we do seems to be better and in front of more people.

For a kiwi boy from NZ who is used to playing gigs to not a lot of people it was a welcome sight to see at least several hundred people in the audience genuinely enjoying themselves and getting into the event.

Wider shot of the Band

Wider shot of the Band

The music varied from swing standards, ballads to some serious funk and some chop busting numbers like Night in Tunisia that really put the trumpet section through it’s paces.

If you’re interested in checking out the OJA Big Band the released a CD last year to celebrate their 50th anniversary visit the home webpage here:

The Album Cover to Uchinna Jazz!

The Album Cover to Uchinna Jazz!

http://okijazz.com

The band also featured in an article in the August JAL Inflight magazine this month.

Here’s hoping we can inspire the next generation to pick up some instruments and keep the tradition alive – it’s great to be involved in a band such as this one!

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