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2019-06-07

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"Impressive technique and a tuneful lyricism that combines an Oscar Peterson-ish hard swing with Bill Evans-like introspection. - Jon Garelick, DownBeat

Yoko Miwa Trio

Internationally acclaimed pianist Yoko Miwa and her trio return to the Regattabar to premiere music from their new CD release Keep Talkin'. Joining Miwa will be bassist Brad Barrett and drummer Scott Goulding.

Yoko Miwa is quickly becoming known as one of the most powerful and compelling performers on the scene today. Born in Kobe, Japan and based in Boston, Miwa has performed at festivals and A-level clubs throughout the country. Her trio - with its remarkable telepathy and infectious energy - has brought audiences to their feet worldwide.

Keep Talkin', Miwa's new trio album documents a musician operating at the peak of her powers. While maintaining her undeniable signature, Miwa's musicianship evokes the harmonic finesse and rhythmic brilliance of key influences like Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner and Oscar Peterson. Her expansive, versatile writing presents both a remarkable ear for melody and an earthy, intuitive feel for groove. And as an arranger and interpreter, Miwa showcases her fantastic knack for programming: From jazz standards to Brazilian music to unsung gems by pop and folk heroes, each of her selections is definitively remade in her image while retaining its core charms.

Excellent jazz piano trios are made rather than born, and Keep Talkin' tells that story as well. A professor at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Miwa is a rare educator who seems to log just as much bandstand time as she does classroom hours. Over the last two decades, Miwa and her cohorts have worked constantly, mostly in one of America's great jazz towns. In the elastic, buoyant communication within Keep Talkin', you can hear the hard-earned lessons of all those gigs together--the unplanned set lists and loose, fun hangs of Boston-area spots like the Mad Monkfish and Les Zygomates, as well as dates for deep-listening audiences at premier rooms across the country. Consider Keep Talkin' the culmination of Miwa's thriving jazz-life-in-progress--her still-evolving work as a player and composer, her relentless search for new songs and her tireless live-performance ethic, which has allowed her and her band to entertain generations of jazz fans.

When not playing with her own band, Miwa has performed and/or recorded with a wide range of jazz greats including Sheila Jordan, Slide Hampton, Arturo Sandoval, George Garzone, Jon Faddis, Jerry Bergonzi, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kevin Mahogany, John Lockwood and Johnathan Blake among others.

In addition to Keep Talkin', Miwa's highly acclaimed CDs include In the Mist of Time (Tokuma, 2000); Fadeless Flower (Polystar, 2002); Canopy of Stars (Polystar, 2004); The Day We Said Goodbye, recorded live at the studios of WGBH-FM (Sunshine Digital, 2006); Live at Scullers (Jazz Cat Amnesty, 2011); Act Naturally (JVC Victor Entertainment, 2012), and Pathways (2017), which spent four weeks on the Jazz Week top 10 radio charts and earned wide critical acclaim. An article in DownBeat Magazine referenced her "impressive technique and a tuneful lyricism that combines an Oscar Peterson-ish hard swing with Bill Evans-like introspection."

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