Dear Friends,

The New Year has finally arrived, and along with it resolutions to be made, and all too soon broken. According to Time Magazine, the top 10 commonly broken resolutions include "lose weight and get fit", "be less stressed", "eat healthier and diet", "get out of debt and save money"...and the list goes on. Do any of these sound as familiar to you as they do to me?

"The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." Only by discovering what our hearts actually crave (as opposed to what we think they ought to crave) will we start to break the chains that bind us to things that ultimately do us no good. Perhaps not the happiest way to start the new year, but possibly the healthiest.

On a more cheerful note, I’m looking forward to performing with the Tokyo Big Band, Mark Tourian’s MT6, and some other great groups. Looking forward to greeting the New Year together with you in person!

Yours, Steve

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)


Steve Sacks Live Schedule January 2018
1/15 (Mon) MT6 at B-Flat

Mark Tourian (bass) Yoshiro Okazaki (tpt) Kazuhiko Kondo (alto sax) Steve Sacks (bari sax) Grant Richards (pno) Masahiko Osaka (drums) B-Flat Akasaka Sakae Bldg. B1, 6-6-4 Akasaka Tel. (03) 5563-2563 two sets from19h30

1/23 (Tu) Tokyo Big Band at B-Flat

Steve Sacks, Ryoichi Yamaki, Kei Suzuki, Masanori Okazaki, Kohki Mikami (sax) Luis Valle、Mikami、Ryuichi Takase、Yoshiro Okazaki (trumpet) Hiroki Sato、Masahito Kawahara、Amane Takai、Masaki Domoto (trombones) Yukihiro Nakazawa、Yuri Sasaki (horn) Juasa Kanoh (drums) Daiki Yasukagawa (bass) Shunji Takenaka (guitar) Jonathan Katz (piano/leader) B-Flat Akasaka Sakae Bldg. B1, 6-6-4 Akasaka Tel. (03) 5563-2563 two sets from 19h30

1/24 (Wed) Satoko Okuyoshi Birthday Live

Satoko Okuyoshi (pno) Kenji Shimada (bass) Gene Shigemura (dms) Guests: Steve Sacks(sax/flute) Fumiko Yamazaki (vib) JZ Brat 26-1 Sakuragaoka-cho, Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel 2/F Tel. (03) 5728-0168 two sets from 19h30
1/26 (Fri) Yully Birthday Live

Yully (vocal) Steve Sacks (sax) Kanade Mizoroki (piano) Lenzie (bass) Ken Nishimura (guitar) Toku Uegusa (drums) Chiharu (chorus)  Blues Alley Japan Tel. (03) 5740-6041 two sets from 19h30

1/28 (Sun) Akabane Jazz Chapel Concert

Satsuki Iida (vocal) Steve Sacks (sax/flute) Shigeru Morishita (pno) Akabane Church 2-56-4 Shimo, Kita-ku Tel. (03) 3901-8939 14h start free admission

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February 2018
2/4 (Sun) Gene Shigemura Quartet

Gene Shigemura (drums) Steve Sacks (sax/flute) Kiichi Futamura (piano) Koichi Osamu (bass) Cafe Clair 2-16-13 Sekibara, Adachi-ku Tel. (03) 3880-6645 10' walk from Nishi-Arai Station two sets from 19h

2/23 (Fri) Mambo Inn Live at Keystone Club Tokyo

Steve Sacks (sax/flute) Jonathan Katz (piano) Hiroyasu Itoh (bass) Hideki Sato (congas) Yoshiro Suzuki (timbales) Keystone Club Tokyo 7-4-12 Roppongi 2F Tel. (03) 6721-1723 open 18h start 19h30 Start

2/24 (Sat)

Mambo Inn Live in Akasaka

Steve Sacks (sax/flute) Jonathan Katz (piano) Hiroyasu Itoh (bass) Hideki Sato (congas) Yoshiro Suzuki (timbales) Yu-un 4-2-2 Akasaka, Akasaka Fugetsudo Bldg. 5/F 03-6426-5978 two sets from 18h

2/25 (Sun)

Mambo Inn Utsunomiya Youth Support Charity Concert

Steve Sacks (sax/flute) Jonathan Katz (piano) Hiroyasu Itoh (bass) Hideki Sato (congas) Yoshiro Suzuki (timbales) Noriko Ishikawa African Dance Team, World Soul Chorus Utsunomiya  Utsunomiya City Culture Hall 7-66 Akebono-cho, Utsunomiya-City Tel. (028) 636-2121 open15h start 15h30

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March 2018
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