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Showtime: 1:30PM
Doors Open at 1:00PM

n/a $35.00

**Price includes brunch, music, and a drink**

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Michika Fukumori Trio
Michika Fukumori - Piano
Aidan O'Donnell - Bass
Billy Drummond - Drums

“Tasty, top shelf stuff by a certified rising star.” - Midwest Record

“Excellent jazz piano playing that is warmly rhythmic and wholly engaging.” - Jazz Mostly

“You can add her to your list of rising star pianists that you need to check out.” - Jazz Music Archives

Born on Japan's main island, Michika grew up in the city of Mie and began to play the piano at the age of three. Within the next three years, Michika was composing and playing her own music. After studying classical composition at the Aichi Prefectual University of Fine Arts and Music, Michika studied with renowned Japanese pianist Colgen Suzuki and began working professionally at a wide variety of jazz clubs in and around Tokyo.

In 2000, Michika moved to the United States and began studying with Ron Carter and Geri Allen at City College of New York, along with private lessons with Steve Kuhn. Michika got her Masters Degree at CCNY in 2003. Since then, Michika has been playing at many of Manhattan's most prestigious jazz clubs such as Lenox Lounge and The Garage. In 2004, '05, '10 and '13, Michika was proud to lead a trio at New York's jazz mecca,The Blue Note.

In 2004, Michika recorded her first album, "Infinite Thoughts", joined by David Finck (bass) and Billy Drummond(drums), and produced by Steve Kuhn. In 2016, Michika released her second album " Quality Time" (Summit Records), produced by Steve Kuhn and joined by Aidan O'Donnell (bass) and Billy Drummond (drums). The record was entered into the first Grammy round in 2017 and charted at #33 on Jazzweeks.

Today, Michika enjoys a variety of work in the U.S. along with annual trips to her homeland, touring Japan as a leader of trios and quartets since 2004. Michika is currently performs regularly at famous jazz venues in Manhattan, such as Cleopatra's Needle, Arturo's, Antique Garage, Jazz at Kitano, and many others.

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