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Thursday, 1st September 2011
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Tokyo set to be 'jazzed up' this month

The annual Tokyo Jazz Festival is due to take place between September 2nd and 4th.

Arranged by the Tokyo International Forum, it is the city's biggest festival of its kind.

There will be music from a host of performers including the Count Basie Orchestra.

The Kansas-based group is coming to the city to deliver some of their swinging sounds that were first formulated in Missouri in 1936.

Although the original line-up has changed over the years, festival goers can still expect to enjoy wonderful beats from this historical band.

And if that's not enough, Hiromi Uehara will also be bringing her musical compositions to her nation's wonderful celebration.

The 32-year-old, born in Hamamatsu, is an expert on the piano having begun lessons in the classical art form from the age of six.

Astoundingly, the talented pianist was playing for the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra by the time she was 14.

Her contribution to the event should not be missed.

There will also be performances by Richard Galliano & Naoko Terai and Brazilian jazzman Sergio Mendes, among others.

Posted by Graham McPherson  

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