Lisa Ono (also XÁCARA)

Going through some old CDs found two by Lisa Ono.  That took me back to Japan and the 1990s when you could find me at the music clubs of Tokyo.  Saci Pereré in Yotsuya was one of my usual hangouts.  I talked to Lisa Ono a few times along with the other artists: Vilma, XÁCARA led by artist/composer Jun Kagami.  The manager of Xacara had worked at Banco Bradesco in Sao Paulo at the same time I had been there.  I went to a concert by Lisa Ono and as she was leaving the stage she saw me and said hello.  My modest claim to fame.

3 Jun 2016 – I update this post with a link to the Saci Perere website, a link to a Xacara youtube, and information on the leader of the group XÁCARA(シャカラ), Jun Kagami.

Stephane Grappelli

The other morning I was a little late driving to work.  While waiting for a light to change, the jazz music station, Jazz88 , played Chattanooga Choo Choo with Stephane Grappelli on violin.  No need to rush after that.  I took my time to catch every note.  I was back in Japan on a date with my wife where we went to a concert by Grappelli at the Tokyu concert hall just down the street.  He was pretty old then, but it was marvelous to see the legend of the Jazz Violin live in Tokyo.  It made a wonderful start to the day by putting the important things in perspective.