Yoko Miwa Coming to Highfield Hall

Yoko Miwa - Yoko Miwa

The Yoko Miwa Trio is coming to Highfield Hall & Gardens as part of JazzFest Falmouth. The renowned pianist and Berklee College of Music faculty member will perform at 4 PM on Sunday, September 29, bringing along her longtime partners, Greg Loughman on bass and Scott Goulding on drums, making up a trio that has traveled the world.

Ms. Miwa has spent the past decade honing her craft on the Boston jazz scene, JazzFest organizers say, and they say that she is “certainly on a roll.”

The trio’s fifth CD, “Live at Sculler’s Jazz Club,” was voted among the best CDs of 2011 by JazzTimes. Last summer, the Yoko Miwa Trio was voted “Best Jazz Act” by the Boston Phoenix in the 2012 Best Music Poll. In July, the trio released their major label debut CD in Japan. That CD, titled “Act Naturally,” is on the JVC Victor Entertainment label, and the trio toured Japan in its wake to rave reviews.

A native of Kobe, Japan, Ms. Miwa was classically trained and did not pursue an interest in jazz until she met and studied with Minoru Ozone, a popular television organist and nightclub owner, who is the father of pianist Makoto Ozone. Miwa worked at Ozone’s club and as an accompanist and piano instructor at his music school until the great Kobe earthquake of 1995 destroyed both facilities.

Then, while continuing to take private lessons, Yoko also pursued musical studies at the Koyo Conservatory in Kobe. From there, she won first prize in a scholarship competition to attend Berklee.

At Berklee, Ms. Miwa quickly began playing with a host of talented students and was chosen by vocalist Kevin Mahogany to serve as accompanist in his classes and on his gigs.

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Her concert at Highfield Hall is expected to begin this fall’s concert season in the Falmouth area “with excitement and superb sound by world-class jazz artists.”

Tickets are $25, $20 for members, and can be purchased online at highfieldhall.org or by calling 508-495-1878, extension 2. Highfield Hall is at 56 Highfield Drive.

Additional Jazzfest Falmouth events are the Jazz Stroll, 12 groups playing at Queen’s Buyway and along Main Street on Friday, October 4, from 6 to 10 PM.

Five-time Grammy Nominee, The Tierney Sutton Band, will be at the Highfield Theatre on Saturday, October 5, at 7:30 PM; Goodis & Glenn will play at a Jazz Brunch on Sunday, October 6, from 11:30 AM to 2 PM at Persy’s on North Main Street; “The Ragtime Craze,” a recital and lecture by Robert Wyatt at Highfield Hall, is set for Saturday, October 12, at 10 AM; Allen, Sportiello, Tate Trio are coming to the Fishmonger Cafe in Woods Hole on Tuesday, October 15, at 8 PM; and “Legends of Jazz: Capturing the Riff,”  an exhibition of portraits in oil by Sean Cassidy, will be on view at the Falmouth Museums on the Green from September 23 through October 7.

Tickets for these events may be purchased at JazzFestFalmouth.org, or at Eight Cousins Books, Main Street, Falmouth, and The Market Street Bookshop, in Mashpee Commons. The Jazz Stroll and art exhibits are free.

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