Kaoruko comes from Tokyo where she worked in the nightclubs singing and playing piano. She came to Boston in 1990 to study at Berklee College of Music where she studied jazz composition with Herb Pomeroy, Greg Hopkins and met her mentor of jazz Hal Crook. Kaoruko now leads her band the Kaoruko Jazz Ensemble on the local scene.
About the Jam:
The jam balances high level playing with a spirit of welcome and community. Five host bands take turns making your visit to the jam a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Each week a different group and each week a different feel. Here you can hone your skills and trade lick's with some of the finest players in the area. Whether you're a pro or a student, you'll have a great time.
â€śBack in the days before jazz education moved into the conservatory, kids who wanted to watch a jazz performance or sit in with the band had to sneak into the smoke-filled bars where the musicians congregated. Now the access to the material is much more immediate through the multiple sources of media that are immediately accessible to us. Unfortunately the jazz club environment that spawned and nurtured American jazz has almost completely died out and young musicians have virtually no outlet for performance in front of a live, non-academic audience. We have created just such an environment minus the booze and cigarette smoke, on Tuesday nights where a high level group of professional jazz musicians comes in and performs a set and then opens things up for people to sit in.â€ť â€“ Jamie Stewardson director of Jazz Rivers Music School â€“ Weston MA
Our Jam Leaders
1st Tuesdays Daryl Lowery w/ Berklee College Faculty
2nd Tuesdays Ted Knowlton
3rd Tuesdays Jesse Combs
4th Tuesdays Joe Raia
5th Tuesdays Kaoruko