Dear friends,

Spring has sprung at last! I'm busy preparing for the Theology and Music college class I'm about to start teaching, and for the first time in years have been asking myself —what is music?

In the process of formulating my own definition, I've been challenged and amused by the ideas of others. These range from 18th-century philosopher G.W. Leibniz ("Music is a kind of counting, performed by the mind without knowing that it is counting") to 20th-century guitarist and songwriter Jimi Hendrix ("You can't mess with people's heads, that's what music's all about—messing with people's heads.")

You needn't be able to say what music is in order to enjoy it, however. This month, I'm looking forward to seeing you at my annual Half-Birthday bossa nova gig with trombonist/vocalist Yuu Uesugi, and with the always-exciting Tokyo Big Band. Be there, for as saxophonist Eric Dolphy said, "When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone, in the air, you can never capture it again!"

yours, Steve

Next to the word of God, music deserves the highest praise. (Martin Luther)

Steve Sacks Live Schedule April 2017
4/1 (Sat) The Vocalist 6 Days Premium Concert Ryudo Uzaki

Ryudo Uzaki (vocal) Naoki Kitajima (piano) Steve Sacks (sax) Yusuke Nakaishi (bass) Gene Shigemura (drums) Tokyo International Forum C Hall inquiries: THE MUSIC TRAVEL Office Tel. (050) 3533-3550 open12h30 start 13h30

4/12 (Wed) Tokyo Big Band

Jonathan Katz (director, piano) Steve Sacks, Gustavo Anacleto、Hamasaki, Raymond McMorrin, Kensuke Miyaki (sax) Isao Sakuma、Yoshiro Okazaki、Ryuichi Takase、Mike Zachernuk (trumpet) Yuu Uesugi、Masahito Kaawahara、Masaki Domoto (trombone) Aki Hagiwara、Yukihiro Nakazawa (French horn) Daiki Yasukagawa (bass) Juasa Kanoh (drums) Tomoya Hara (guitar) B-Flat Akasaka Sakae Bldg. B1, 6-6-4 Akasaka Tel. (03) 5563-2563 two sets from 19h30

4/14 (Fri) Maria Eva Jazz Vocal Live

Maria Eva (vocal) Steve Sacks (sax/flute) Naoki Kitajima (piano) (bass) Gene Shigemura (drums) Satin Doll  Green Bldg. 5/F, 6-1-8 Roppongi Tel. (03) 3401-3080 two sets from 19h30

4/21(Fri) Half-Birthday Bossa Nova Live

Steve Sacks (sax/flute) Yuu Uesugi (trombone/vocal) Kana Kurose (organ) Kazuhiko Michishita (guitar) Masayuki Kume (drums) Praca 11 3-5-2 B/1 Kita-aoyama Tel. (03) 3405-8015 two sets from 19h30

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May 2017
5/10 (Wed) Carlos Kanno Sings & Plays

Carlos Kanno (perc/vocal) Steve Sacks (sax/flute) Masaru Okuyama (piano) Kiichirou Comobuchi (bass) Kenta Okamoto (drums) Keystone Club Tokyo 7‐4‐12 Roppongi, Jasmine Bldg. 2F Tel. (03) 6721-1723  two sets from 19h30

5/19 (Fri) Tokyo Little Band

Jonathan Katz (piano) Steve Sacks (sax/flute) Yoshiro Okazaki (trumpet) Andy Wulf (sax) Daiki Yasukagawa (bass) Gaku Hasegawa (drums) Andrea Hopkins (vocal)  Satin Doll  Green Bldg. 5/F, 6-1-8 Roppongi Tel. (03) 3401-3080 two sets from 19h30

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June 2017
6/19 (Mon) Kazuhiko Michishita/Kana Kurose Group

Kazuhiko Michishita (guitar) Kana Kurose (organ) Steve Sacks (sax) (drums)  荻Ogikubo Rooster 5-16-15 Ogikubo Tel. (03) 5347-7369 open 19h start 20h

6/27 (Tu) Hiroko Miyano Special Trio

Hiroko Miyano (piano) Steve Sacks (sax/flute) TatsuyaTsuyuki (guitar) Tribeca Atre Shinagawa Bldg. 4/F, 3-18-1 Konan Minato-ku Tel. (03) 6717-0933 three sets from19h

6/29 (Thu) Mambo Inn Live at Sometime

Steve Sacks (sax/flute) Jonathan Katz (piano) Hiroyasu Itoh (bass) Hideki Sato (congas) Yoshiro Suzuki (timbales) Sometime 1-11-31 Kichijoji Honmachi B1F Tel. (0422) 21-6336 two sets from 19h30\\

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