June 13 Special Engagament: Mayu Saeki

7:30 PM

$35 *V.I.P. (each), $30, $25. (Student ticket: $20; Gallery Seats only.) All seats reserved. *VIP front section, 4-seat table purchase required. Only 4 VIP tables available.

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Mayu Saeki-flutes, Nick Manson-piano – http://nickmanson.com/, Mario Mendivil-bass – http://www.mariomendivil.com, John Lewis-drums – http://jrldrums.com
Special guest: Carol Mellis-flute – http://www.carolmellis.com

CLICK HERE for the June 4, 2018 Downbeat story about Mayu Saeki!

Flautist/composer Mayu Saeki returns to The Nash after her captivating performance during the Japan meets Jazz Show with Lewis Nash in March. This engagement celebrates Mayu’s debut recording, Hope (available on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records). Hope tells the story of Saeki’s journey to NYC from her native Tokyo. There she left a complete life for an uncertain future in New York City. Shortly after arriving, armed only with extensive classical training and mentorship, determination and hope, not to mention an abundance of talent, the opportunity presented itself to be a part of Chico Hamilton’s group. She toured and recorded with Hamilton, appearing on several albums, including Revelation and Euphoric (both were released in 2011 from Joyous Shout! records), until his passing in 2013. His final recording, The Inquiring Mind (released posthumously in 2014) features her composition, “Hope”. During her time in Hamilton’s band, Ms. Saeki began composing and actively performing with her own trio in 2011, making her debut at Jazz at the Kitano with Aaron Goldberg on piano and Joe Sanders on bass, and leading her band on several Atlantic coastal tours. This was the beginning of the road that led Saeki to create this recording, HopeEvery note that Mayu plays is important, beautiful, resonant and full of emotion.