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For those who have not yet ventured to Cafe Yukari it is directly opposite the east side exit of Kew Gardens, a unique little Cafe seating around 25 people. The proprietress Yukari loves piano music and has installed a beautiful Fazioli grand piano, Italy's answer to Steinway. No amplification is allowed but who needs it in such a small place where every seat is front row?
At Cafe Yukari you can just drink a tea or coffee or order from the Japanese orientated menu. No alcohol is served but you can bring your own or take your pick from the off-licence conveniently positioned opposite
Tickets can be reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, from the cafe or from www.skiddle.com
The series Jazz on the Faz brings a different pianist each month to this unique location. This month we welcome John Crawford. IMA nominated musician John Crawford was born in London of English/Spanish Parents. His father played Blues piano, and this is the first thing he learnt to play. His mother would introduce him to Latin music of all kinds, and he has gone on to perform at Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Getxo Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the 606 club, and Royal Albert Hall amongst others. His 2012 release "Ulia River of Time" has been nominated in the USA by the Independent Music Awards for best album in the Jazz category.
John has chosen as his accompanying musician Andres Ticino. After studying Classical and Latin Percussion in Montevideo, Uruguay, Andres played with the Montevideo Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also a member of the contemporary music ensemble Perceum percussion quartet, touring Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. In 2001 he moved to London, where he plays the cajon flamenco with the Alma Flamenco Dance Company, with which he has toured in the UK and Ireland.
On 24th of November the cafe will feature saxophonist Monington Lockett with Terence Collie on piano and Stuart barker on bass. Tickets are available form the cafe or by searching for Jazz on the Plaza at www.skiddle.com
Meanwhile at the King Charles I in the hub of Kings Cross Mobs Jazz Mob will assemble on Monday 25th November featuring vocalists Lisa Feldman, Ailsa Chamley and Marisa Wessler supported by yours truly on piano and Andy Hamill on bass and harmonica.