Sayama Big Band Pyramid @ Carnegie Hall

Amnet attended the Charity Jazz Concert held at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Friday, April 6, 2012. The venue was spectacular with overarching ceilings and beautiful chandeliers. The band complemented the venue well with their pressed classic tuxedos and elegant red gown worn by the MC host Yumiko Payton and beautiful kimono worn by guest singer, Kayo Miyao.  

The concert was intimate being in Weill Recital Hall, a smaller space in the renowned Carnegie Hall. The atmosphere was light and playful with their unique renditions of classical American Jazz numbers mixed in with traditional Japanese folklore songs. Inbetween the songs, MC Yumiko would add some flavor and some anecdotes about the band. Other special guests collaborating with Sayama Big Band Pyramid was Jazz Pianist Cecilia Coleman and Jazz Guitarist Doug MacDonald.

It was a lovely concert harmoniously bridging together Japanese and American classical music!

I will leave you with the schedule they performed:

1. Basie, Straight Ahead (Sammy Nestico)
2. Little Brown Jug (USA Tradition)
3. Sakura, Sakura (Japan Tradition)
4. Sleepy Lagoon (Eric Coates)
5. Someone to Watch Over Me (George Gershwin)
6. Goody-goody (Matt Malneck)
7. Softly, as in a Morning Surnise (Sigmund Romberg)
8. Because (Cecilia Coleman)
9. Swanee (George Gershwin)

10. American Patrol (Frank W. Meacham)
11. When You Wish Upon a Star (Leigh Harline)
12. Come Rain or Come Shine (Harold Arlen)
13. Everyday (Peter Chupmun)
14. In a Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington)
16. Indecisive (Doug MacDonald)
17. Nutville (Horace Silver)
18. Sing, Sing, Sing (Louis Prima)

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