Earlier today we got the chance to catch up with the jazz master and legendary drummer/percussionist himself, Joe Porcaro, ahead of his quartet heading to Tokyo to perform at the iconic Cotton Club. The Joe Porcaro Quartet will perform there on November 13, 14, and 15. How does Joe feel about this opportunity? Listen to Joe P.’s response yourself:

You can check out our prior features on this unique event below.

September 14, 2015

Earlier today, the leader of the Joe Porcaro Quartet (JPQ),  none other than the jazz master himself, Joe Porcaro, announced a lineup change for the upcoming dates that the JPQ will be performing in Tokyo in November, later this year. According to Porcaro, Berghofer is unable to make the trip due to a conflict in professional commitments, so in his place the JPQ will be enlisting Latin bass sensation Fernando “Nando” Raio. Joe P. had this to say to say about it:

The Joe Porcaro Quartet
The Joe Porcaro Quartet

 

Jazz legend Joe Porcaro
Jazz legend Joe Porcaro
“We understood that Chuck had another commitment with a well known performer so after giving it some thought we decided to bring aboard Nando and I am excited about it.  This will be Nando’s first time with the JPQ. Nando was a student at the L.A. College of music and he is from San Paulo, Brazil. However, I have played with him previously at a jazz ensemble workshop. He is certainly the youngest of the group in his 30s and that gives us a different feel. But it really was his Latin feel that enticed me. Frankly, I hit it of with him and that’s not only because we do a good number of Latin numbers but also because Nando has a good jazz feel.”
The jazz master who always is willing to share experiences
The jazz master who always is willing to share experiences

Speaking on the opportunity this presents for Raio, Joe had this say:

“You know, I feel good about giving younger players a shot like this.  It’s also a boost because the Latin players are marvelous.  They are born with this feel that’s just natural.  It’s a great groove.
Joe Porcaro is also the well known author of popular teaching books
Joe Porcaro is also the well known author of popular teaching books
  I am excited to play with Nando and in fact we are doing a date before we go to Tokyo at Mambo’s Cafe in Burbank on October 6, 2015.  I can’t wait.  In fact, we had rehearsal tonight and it went very well.  I think this whole experience for all of us will be something special.”

Indeed, for the jazz lover this is a can’t miss. Make sure to check out the JPQ in Tokyo at the Cotton Club on November 13, 14, and 15.  For more information, check out our original blog below which we first ran in August.

You can also check out the video below which is Nando (Fernando Raio) performing with the Mark Isbell Brasilian Band.

 

 


Here at Beato’s Blog we are just thrilled to announce that the Joe Porcaro Quartet will be performing for three nights in November at the legendary Cotton Club in Tokyo.

Cotton Club
Cotton Club

The Cotton Club is a staple of Japanese night life and a premiere jazz venue rich in talent and history.  The JPQ will be appearing on Friday, November 13, Saturday, November 14, and Sunday, November 15.   Joining the jazz and teaching legend himself will be Emil Richards (percussion/vibes), Chuck Berghofer (bass), and Rich Eames (piano).

Editor’s note: This lineup has so much history that we have to mention just some of it.

 

Joe Porcaro
Joe Porcaro

• Porcaro is a legendary jazz drummer. Besides being the consummate teacher and having been one of the founders of the Los Angeles Music Academy, Joe has also recorded and/or worked with Sinatra (Nancy and Frank); Pink Floyd; Stan Getz; Natalie Cole; Gladys Knight; and, Madonna, to name a few.  Joe of course, is also the father the legendary Porcaro brothers (Jeff, Mike, and Steve) from the iconic band, Toto.

 

 

• Richards has a long history of working with such named artists as Ed Shaughnessy, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, and, the Beach Boys.

Emil Richards
Emil Richards

• Berghofer played on Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ and also worked on television with Glen Campbell.  He also worked with Barbara Streisand and recorded with Sinatra.

Chuck Berghofer
Chuck Berghofer

 

• Eames is a composer as well as performer having worked with Bill Holman Big Band, the Kim Richmond-Clay Jenkins Ensemble, the Joe La Barbera Quintet, Bob Sheppard, Jeff Richmond, Pete Christlieb, Rick Braun, Auracle, Doug Cameron, Jennifer Leitham, Ed Shaughnessy, and, many others.

Rich Eames
Rich Eames

So earlier today while Joe was having lunch in Los Angeles with our Editor-in-Chief and his longtime friend, Fred Beato, Joe was kind enough to take a few minutes out to talk to us about the upcoming shows.

K Bo: Joe, welcome.  How are you?

JP: Ken, I am well.  Excited to be heading to Japan for these shows.  In fact, I am even a bit nervous [laughs].

K Bo: I think it is wonderful.  Have you ever performed in Japan?

JP: You know I have not although I have been there while Toto was performing there.  But I will say from what I have seen this particular venue is a beautiful one. 

Cotton Club
Cotton Club

K Bo: Can you tell us about the upcoming preparation for this trip?

JP: Well, it’s been interesting.

Joe Porcaro
Joe Porcaro

I had to wait to sort out some health issues but once I was cleared by the doctor we decided to go ahead.  I have been playing myself and I recently did a show at Mambos Cafe in Burbank.  But these are seasoned and professional players I am with for these shows.  These guys are great.  We will be certainly be ready.

K Bo: Joe, were you somewhat surprised that Japan is requesting your presence?

JP: You know I am.  One of the first things I want to do is ask the venue why they wanted us [laughs].  But I have to tell you, I know I will see some familiar faces too.  I have a number of students in Japan and in fact I heard from one of them just the other day.  His name is Takashi Numazawa.  He is one of the best studio drummers in Japan and he tells me that he can’t wait to see me.  That was really nice to hear.  I also think some Toto fans will come out too.  I am thrilled at the opportunity to play in Japan.

K Bo: Can you tell us about your backline?

JP: Glad you asked.  I have had unbelievable support from Don Lombardi and John Good at DW Drums.  

Don Lombardi--DW Drums
Don Lombardi–DW Drums

DW really stepped up and I really want to thank them for their support.  I really appreciate it. I will also be using Zildjian Cymbals and I appreciate their support too.

John Good--DW Drums
John Good–DW Drums

K Bo: What can fans expect to hear in terms of material?

JP: Well, they will hear Broadway tunes and some compositions written by Emil.  For the most part it will be bebop style although there will be some Latin influence too.  Also some good old jazz blues.

K Bo: Finally, can fans expect to witness a Porcaro solo at some point?

JP: [Laughs]  Yes.  For sure they will. 

K Bo: Joe, have a great trip and I know you will keep us updated as you get closer.  In fact, want to talk after you get back stateside?

JP: I would love to.  Really looking forward to this. Take care.

Folks, without a doubt these three shows are going to be something to see.  There is a tremendous amount of talent and history that will be on that stage at the Cotton Club for those three nights.  By all means this is a show you don’t want to miss.  Stay tuned.

For tickets and further information to the shows please visit the website for the Cotton Club or, contact:

Cotton Club
Tokia 2F, Tokyo Bldg., 2-7-3 Marunouchi
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6402
(03)3215-1555
Ken “K Bo” Biedzynski, Editor

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