Join us Thursday evening, July 26th at 6:30pm at our beautiful Playhouse Plaza for a free outdoor summer concert featuring The Yuko Mabuchi Trio (Yuko Mabuchi-piano, Del Atkins- bass, Bobby Breton-drums) with special guests Robert Kyle on sax and Billy Mitchell on keys.
Born in Fukui, Japan, Yuko began playing the piano at the age of 4. As a teenager, she fell in love with jazz after hearing the music of Oscar Peterson and Herbie Hancock. After high school, she studied jazz piano at a conservatory in Kyoto. She then came to LA, studied at a local music academy, and returned to Japan where she played at jazz venues and festivals throughout the country.
Since moving to the US in 2016, Yuko has performed at venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall. A composer as well as a pianist, she’s released 3 records, the most recent being The Yuko Mabuchi Trio that came out this past year. Grammy Award winning conductor and producer Peter Rutenberg stated “ The trio exhibits consummate musicality and technique- with artful phrasing led by the pianist, a lyrical sensuousness in the bassist’s melodic counterpoints with the piano, and the drummer’s intelligent vocabulary and broad sweep tying it all together.” LA Jazz Scene’s Scott Yanow wrote “Yuko Mabuchi lets loose with stunning runs, showing that she has very impressive technique…her trio album shows that Yuko is long on her way towards becoming a significant jazz pianist.”
Food will be available for purchase from Downtown LA’s Zagat rated Pez Cantina Coastal Mexican Kitchen.
This event is part of our 2nd Annual Jazz Nights series which concludes on August 23rd with Kiki Ebsen and the Jeff Colella Quartet.