Solo performance in Chicago ソロ・パフォーマンス


This week I made a debut as a solo performer in the Chicago area. Over the past 5 years before I came to Chicago, most of my activities had been trio settings with bass and drums. 


Attempt to be a multi-instrumentalist 複数の楽器を演奏する試み


I have recently started playing bass guitar at local blues jams. A few months ago I also started playing drums as a jammer as well 



Knowing how to play multiple instruments helps to know exactly…

Networking (1) ネットワーキング(その1)

When I am not working, I am networking. My networking is not only for seeking potential opportunities for myself, but also for searching players who could support my own gigs when I have one. Having good players for my own…

My 2nd year in Chicago シカゴで2年目

Since last Spring, I have been playing quite a few gigs every month in Chicago with the J.W. Williams Band, and with my own band as well. 



Playing in public constantly is the best way to…

Taildragger  テールドラッガー

I had the pleasure of playing a gig with Taildragger at the Waterhole Lounge last night. I dig his music - the old school Chicago Blues, a rare find nowadays even in Chicago. 



In my humble…

Following Dreams 夢を追うこと


The other day I read an article about Junko Yazawa, the first Japanese female physical trainer in the Major League Baseball (with Diamondbacks). I had the pleasure of meeting her in Austin TX when I was living there over…

Good Old Westside Chicago Blues

In my younger days, my blues guitar influence top 5 were: Otis Rush being the most influence, followed by Magic Sam and Buddy Guy for so called Chicago Westside's “squeeze guitar” style, and Eddie Taylor, Robert Lockwood Jr. for the…

My dream guitar

I have recently become a proud owner of 1960’s Epiphone Riviera (pic), my dream guitar for many years. 



The sound I can associate with this guitar is Magic Sam, who is one of the major influences…

"Stone Crazy" album by Mr. Buddy Guy


In the previous entry of this blog, I mentioned about J.W. Williams, the legendary bluesman in Chicago. Notably he was on the album of Buddy Guy entitled Stone Crazy as a bassist. It was released in the early 1980s…

Mr. J.W. Williams, the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee JW ウィリアムス氏が殿堂入り


Today J.W. Williams, the former bass player for Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, was inducted to the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in the “Legends” category.  It is the highest honor among the inductees.   

今日、JW ウィリアムス氏 (元バディ・ガイやジュニア・ウェルズのベーシスト) がシカゴブルース殿堂入りをした。最も権威のある“レジェンド”のカテゴリーで。