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Keigo Hirakawa, Eddie Brookshire and Fenton Sparks returned to the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions ahead of their International Jazz Day performance at Gilly's.  They talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the legacy of jazz in the Dayton area, their upcoming album and more.

Keigo Hirakawa Trio will perform at Gilly's in downtown Dayton on Saturday, April 30th at 8pm. 

Weekend of Jazz is a celebration of jazz music in regional high schools hosted by Beavercreek High School, which boasts a robust jazz program. Beavercreek High School Jazz One and director Michael Bisig visited the WYSO studios for a full band preview of the upcoming event live on Excursions.

Weekend of Jazz is March 3rd - 5th at Beavercreek High School.  More info is at: weekendofjazz.org

Research And Jazz Keep A Dayton Pianist In Perpetual Motion

Dec 21, 2015
Keigo and Wenbi Hirakawa at home
Dave Barber / WYSO

Keigo Hirakawa is an Ivy League-educated researcher and professor at the University of Dayton. He is also a gifted jazz pianist—and he’s trying to be at the top of his game in both worlds. Hirakawa moved to Dayton from the east coast in 2010. He came here for the job at UD, but he also came here for the music.

“It’s hard to balance family, work and music,” Hirakawa says. “The amount of time that I spend for work—work meaning research—is non stop.”

StoryCorps

On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring. Today, we hear WYSO's Jazz Night host Dave Barber interview his friend Jerry Gillotti, owner of Gilly's, a jazz club in downtown Dayton.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer Renee Wilde.

The title of Keigo Hirakawa's new album, And Then There Were Three refers to a composition Hirakawa wrote about his sons.  Hirakawa and his trio visited the WYSO studios ahead of the CD release party for a live set on Excursions.

Keigo Hirakawa Trio will celebrate the release of And Then There Were Three on Sunday, April 12th at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

Live on Excursions: Chris Botti

Sep 23, 2009
2007 Fabrizio Ferri

Some might say trumpeter Chris Botti has a natural talent for performing and composing contemporary jazz music. According to Botti, however, he wasn’t born with it.

“Talent is really 99% drive and focus, and 1% luck,” said Botti in this Excursions interview.

Live on Excursions: Dan Hicks

Aug 11, 2009

 

Jokes abound in this laughter-filled 2009 Excursions interview with multi-talented country and jazz musician Dan Hicks.

Hicks has been playing music for over 50 years. Beginning as a drummer as a young child, Hicks joined folk-rock group the Charlatans in 1965. Hicks struck out on his own in the late ‘60s, putting together backing band the Hot Licks for a string of records, including 1973’s classic “Last Train to Hicksville.” The band broke up in the mid-70’s, but has since reformed, releasing several records and touring internationally for the last decade.

Tomorrow night Cityfolk's celebration of Dayton born pianist/composer Billy Strayhorn comes to an end. Rounding out the week long tribute will be a performance from the Stivers School for the Arts Jazz Orchestra. Jerry Kenney reports on the student's at Stivers and how they're learning a legacy.