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Keiko Matsui With Euge Groove | Oakland, CA | Yoshis Jazz Club - Oakland | December 9, 2017
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Keiko Matsui With Euge Groove
Yoshis Jazz Club - Oakland in Oakland

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Keiko Matsui -- My melodies are my living testimony, declares internationally acclaimed pianist, composer and humanitarian Keiko Matsui. A world citizen, Matsuis music speaks to the hearts and souls of fans around the world, transcending borders and building bridges among people who share a common appreciation of honest artistry and cultural exchange. Music creates a oneness, says the striking, petite powerhouse who has worked alongside everyone from Miles Davis and Stevie Wonder to Hugh Masekela and Bob James. Journey To The Heart is my gift to my fans. I want to deliver the most beautiful and emotional experience. Keiko, who has lent her voice to raise awareness for such causes as The Daniel Pearl and the Susan G. Komen Foundations says, I feel the world is getting crazier and we need to collectively go back and recall what connects us allour spirits, hearts and our souls. On Journey To the Heart, Matsui more than delivers what she has come to be loved for breathtakingly beautiful transcendent melodies that transport the listener. A master storyteller, Keiko Matsui crafts passionate and emotive songs with lush harmonies and global rhythms to create timeless musical anthems.

We need to find that common bond in our hearts. People are dying with violence, hunger and war. This music is my new journey, concludes Keiko Matsui. It is an evolution in many ways. I hope I can make a path and make some noise and leave a positive effect on the world. This is my mission and I am dedicating my music to this cause.

Euge Groove -- a pseudonym for saxophone journeyman Steve Grove -- began playing piano in the second grade and turned to the saxophone at the age of nine or ten. His teacher gave him a classical education on the instrument, which he followed at the University of Miami's School of Music, where he became interested in jazz. Upon graduation, he initially remained in Miami doing sessions and playing in bands such as Expose, where he can be heard on the group's 1987 number one single "Seasons Change." He then moved to Los Angeles and joined Tower of Power, remaining with the group about four years. Following this experience, he freelanced, doing sessions and working in backup bands, his clients including Joe Cocker, Eurythmics, the Gap Band, Huey Lewis & the News, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Eros Ramazotti, and Richard Marx. His saxophone appeared on Marx's Top 20 pop and number one AC hit "Keep Coming Back" in 1991. At the end of the '90s, Grove developed the persona of Euge Groove, a corruption of his real name, and recorded a demo that attracted the attention of various labels. This demo soon landed him with Warner Bros. Records. Euge Groove, his debut album, was released in May 2000. At the time, the saxophonist toured in Tina Turner's backup band. He followed up with 2002's Play Date, featuring the singles "Slam Dunk" and "Rewind." In 2004, Grove moved to Narada for the '70s pop-soul-inflected Livin' Large. Grove stuck with the '70s vibe for 2005's Just Feels Right and then incorporated a more gospel approach for 2007's Born 2 Groove. He moved to Shanachie for 2009's Sunday Morning. In 2011, Grove returned with his seventh studio

effort, the fittingly titled S7ven Large on Shanachie, with three more releases following for the label, 2012's House of Groove, 2014's Got 2 B Groovin, and 2016s Still Euge.

Lindsey Webster -- Growing up in an artist community, the daughter of loving hippie parents, in Woodstock NY, the allure of music was never far from Lindsey Webster. The adorable, instantly likeable and earthy singer/songwriter, who grew up listening to her parent's Jimi Hendrix, Beatles and Elvis Costello LPs and later the Supremes, once pursued medical school before finally settling on music. Webster has been taking the contemporary jazz world by storm, scoring a #1 hit with her soulful original "Fool Me Once." This feat is remarkable in numerous ways. Not only is Lindsey half the age of the male instrumentalists who dominate the genre, but her #1 is the first vocal driven song that has topped the Billboard smooth jazz chart since Sade's "Soldier of Love" in 2010. Lindsey exclaims, "This honor has changed the game for me. Once a dream comes into fruition, it really lights a fire."

Webster's mission is to make an emotional connection with her fans. Somewhat of an old-soul, the young singer concludes, "With all the pop tunes out nowadays, literally about nothing, I think it's important to hold the torch for the artists before us who found it important to write real music." With the release of Back To Your Heart, Lindsey Webster is poised to find her way into your heart...and this is just the beginning!

Adam Hawley -- It has been an exciting past year for Guitarist Adam Hawley, whos debut record Just The Beginning was released on March 18. The first single 35th St. ft Eric Darius had the longest run at #1 on Billboard in 2016: #1 on Billboard (5 weeks), #1 Allen Kepler Smooth Jazz Countdown (4 weeks), #3 Year-End Billboard for 2016, #2 Year-End Allen Kepler 2016, #1 Mediabase (2 weeks), #2 on SmoothJazz.com, and #1 most added on Billboard
and SmoothJazz.com in first week.

Since then the second single Joy Ride co-written and produced with Greg Manning is currently #1 on Mediabase and #2 on Billboard/Allen Kepler. Adam has also been named both Smooth Jazz News and JazzTrax Debut Artist of the Year. He signed with Kalimba Music (founded by Maurice White of Earth, Wind, & Fire) in August 2015. His first offering on the Kalimba label features Darius along with Euge Groove, Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright, and Michael Lington.

Adam is also known as a prolific sideman, appearing with a whos who list of artists in a wide variety of genres. Credits include Dave Koz, Jennifer Lopez, Brian Culbertson, Natalie Cole, Gerald Albright, Dave Koz and Friends Cruise, and American Idol to name just a few. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California and currently teaches at Musicians Institute, Chaffey College, and Saddleback College.
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Keiko Matsui is a smooth jazz keyboardist and composer who was born in Tokyo, Japan as Keiko Doi, and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. Matsui’s style of jazz is a unique blend of Western and Eastern traditional jazz sounds fused with funk. There is a spiritual undertone to Matsui’s music that focuses on connecting people and cultivating world peace. To date, Matsui has released over 30 solo albums. She began playing piano at the age of 5, and by the time she was 17, Matsui was chosen by the Yamaha System to record for them. Shortly thereafter she joined the jazz fusion group Cosmos and recorded seven albums with them. 1987 marked Matsui’s debut solo album, “A Drop of Water,” which lead to a record deal with MCA Records. Two more albums followed with MCA, 1989’s “Under Northern Lights” and 1990’s “No Borders, however it was Matsui’s 1995 album, “Sapphire,” that gained her mainstream attention from U.S. audiences, peaking at #2 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, and “Dream Walk” in 1996, which peaked at #3 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. 1999 and 2000 saw Matsui win the Oasis award for Best Female Smooth Jazz Artist. The mainstream attention and success of her late 1990s albums elevated her status in the U.S. as a contemporary jazz artist and garnered her a significant fan base. In 2001, Matsui signed with Narada Records and released her debut for the label, her 18th studio album, “Deep Blue,” which peaked at #1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. Matsui also uses her music to promote awareness for breast cancer and donates a large portion of her musical profits to the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization. In 2003 Matsui played a show at the United Nations Headquarters raising money for world hunger through the United Nations World Food Program. Matsui’s 2004 album, “Wildflower,” was created for this cause. Matsui’s album, “Soul Quest” arrived in 2013 via Shanachie Records.

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Fusion/new age keyboard player Keiko Matsui grew up in Tokyo and took her first piano lesson at the age of five. Influenced by Stevie Wonder and Rachmaninov as well as early fusion masters Maurice Jarre and Chick Corea, Matsui began composing while in junior high but studied children's culture at the Japan Women's University (Nihon Joshidaigaku). She moved to the Yamaha Music Foundation in Tokyo after graduation and formed Cosmos, recording four albums with the new age group. Her first album as a leader, 1987's A Drop of Water, was released in the U.S. two years after the fact on Passport. The LP also featured her touring partner and husband, shakuhachi player Kazu Matsui, and was financed with their honeymoon money. A contract with MCA that year resulted in two albums, No Borders and Under Northern Lights. Matsui moved to the White Cat label in 1992 and began charting in the contemporary jazz charts. Her 1995 album Sapphire hit number one on the charts, and its follow-up also reached the Top Ten the following year. Whisper from the Mirror followed in 2000; Deep Blue appeared the next year. The Ring from 2002 recalled the composer's classical background, while 2004's Wildflower flirted with world music. Walls of Akendora appeared in 2005 with a smooth jazz flavor and updated version of Matsui's early hit, "Mountain Shakedown." Moyo, an album that placed Matsui's piano in an orchestral setting, followed in 2007 on the Shout! Factory imprint. After a world tour and numerous festival appearances, Matsui took some time off, eventually returning with The Road... in 2011 on Shanachie. She produced most of the disc herself -- and received help on some cuts from Richard Bona, Craig Burbridge, and Joe Chicarelli. The nine-tune set showcased Matsui's playing in a variety of settings from trio to octet. Some of her musical guests included Bona, Kirk Whalum, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Jackiem Joyner. That same year she collaborated with Bob James on Altair & Vega on eOne, which featured both pianists simultaneously sharing a single piano. 2013's Soul Quest featured all-new compositions, but its personnel included many old friends. It climbed to number six on the jazz charts and was followed by a two-year world tour that culminated in Live in Tokyo, an audio-visual disc package issued in 2015. Early the next year, while on retreat on Catalina Island, Matsui began reflecting upon her recent musical directions and commenced writing melodies toward the goal of a simpler, more organic recording. She enlisted the veteran Cuban rhythm section of bassist Carlitos Del Puerto and drummer Jimmy Branly. Peruvian guitarist Ramon Stagnero, and Venezuelan percussionist Luis Quintero, harmonicist Gregoire Maret, and a string section also assisted. The completed album, Journey to the Heart, was issued in August, marking her 30th anniversary as a recording artist. ~ John Bush, Rovi

- Rovi

Keiko Doi's mother Emiko brought her to her first piano lesson in the June following her fifth birthday. Japanese tradition holds that a child who is introduced to lessons at this time will continue in those studies for a long time. The tradition held true for Doi, who studied piano throughout her school years. Though her early training focused on classical music, in junior high school she developed an interest in jazz and began composing her own music. Some of her musical influences at this time included Stevie Wonder, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Maurice Jarre and Chick Corea.

Doi studied children's culture at Japan Women's University (日本女子大学 nihon joshidaigaku?), but she also continued to study music at the Yamaha Music Foundation. Doi was a top student in the Yamaha System and was selected at the age of seventeen to be a recording artist for them. Thus she joined the Japanese jazz fusion group Cosmos, which recorded seven albums.

At age 19, Yamaha sent Doi to America to record an album, and there she met Kazu Matsui, who had been selected as a producer for the project. In 1987 Matsui recorded her solo debut LP A Drop of Water, The album's title, the name of a song by Carl Anderson, was in memory of those who had died in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster the year before. Its success led to a record deal with MCA Records.

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