I just returned from Japan a week ago, and I'm still overwhelmed by how incredible our trip was. Visiting Japan has always been a dream for me, but to do so with my trio and perform in eight cities all over the country was nothing short of magical. I experienced some of the most amazing food and hospitality of my life in this twelve day journey, and I had the pleasure of meeting a multitude of fantastic musicians and music lovers, all of whom I hope to see again whenever we next have the opportunity to perform in Japan.
I wanted to share some pictures from the trip so that all of you could share a part of this experience with me. Below are some pictures that I took along the way, as well as some great photos taken by Kazuo Goshima (first one), Shin Yamazaki (fourth and sixth) and Mitsuru Mendenhall. These photos feature my wonderful bandmates Kanoa Mendenhall (bass) and Ben Zweig (drums), as well as our extraordinary special guest in Yokohama, Watanabe Yuko-sensei (koto), and a host of musicians who sat in with us at Koji Matsuura's awesome jazz club in Sapporo, D-Bop (third photo). A huge thanks to all of the venues that hosted us and all of the people that made this trip possible. We hope to be back very soon!