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Event Start Date & TIme: April 5, 2024 18:00

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5 April 2024 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Ellington Jazz Club

Doors 6pm
Show 7:30pm

Tokyo Groove Jyoshi (TGJ) is an all-female Jazz/Funk Groove band consisting of Japan’s top session musicians. The band is Emi Kanazashi (keyboards/vocals), MiMi Kawakami (drums /vocals) and Rina Hoshino (bass/vocals).

Emi was born in Shizuoka and started playing piano and electric organ at the age of 3. She graduated from Senzoku Gakuen Collage of Music with a Major in electric organ. She has featured in numerous albums and tours of other popular artists including Daichi Hamasaki and Soul Band Eldolphin H.K. Emi is constantly exploring new sounds and styles. She studied under Philip Woo, Ken Kawamura, Toshitaka Shibata for keyboards and Yuko Ootaki for vocals and respects borderless musicians such as Cory Henry, Bob James, Stevie Wonder, Tower of Power, Sting and Alicia Keys.

MiMi was born in Ishikawa and was only 7 years old when she picked up her first drum sticks! She has won numerous prestigious awards (First Prize in the Percussion Competition at the Asian Percussion Festival in 2018) even before graduating from Showa University of Music in 2019. MiMi toured with and featured on the album “Blind Love” by Yoko Hamasaki and was the drummer for Wagakki Band in 2019. She has also released solo albums (The:O, Family) and singles (Love Salt and Waaaa). 

Rina was born in Saitama and started playing clarinet and guitar in brass band club when she was in junior high school. She started her own band in high school on vocals and guitar. She graduated from Maeserhaus majoring in professional musician’s bassist course. Rina won numerous contests as an individual bassist, best band and more while she was in music school. Rina started her professional career while still a student performing as house band, a session host and a support musician. In 2016, she performed at Ajinomoto stadium for A-Nation organized by Avex.  Rina formed an All  Girls Band “Elfriede” in 2017 to some success – performing at O-Crest in Shibuya which was sold out! She released her first mini album Attack!! in 2018 followed by Aquarium in 2019, and her 3rd mini album Ancient in 2020. 

TGJ is a powerful groove band playing music beyond generations, genders and genres. The band went to New York in 2020 and performed at jazz clubs such as the Bitter Ed, Shrine, Sugar, Groove and Café Wha?  Producer Ray Angry invited the band back for more performances and they played almost every night. They have toured all over Japan playing in Festivals and Jazz Clubs. More recently, TGJ travelled overseas  to Taiwan (Sound Wave Festival) and Singapore (Sentosa Music Festival’s  “Jazz by the Cove”).

TGJ has 64 videos released on YouTube performing a mixture of originals and covers. One of their originals, “Funk No. 1”  has over 14 million views. Their Tower of Power’s  “What is Hip” (Twin Bass) cover has over 3 million views.

TGJ’s single, “ Hot summer” is ranked No. 1 in the R&B/Soul in iTunes (Turkey) and their EP “Tokyo Groove” is ranked at No. 8 in R&B/Soul in iTunes (Japan).

The band will be releasing a new EP “TGJ Grooving and Dancing” in 2024. Their new Single “Dance to the Music”, released in December 2023, is proving to be a big hit in R&B/Soul Top songs on iTunes in Japan and Thailand.

Tokyo Groove Jyoshi was formed by their Producer, Koichi Kaneko (Neko), in 2018 from Tokyo’s best session musicians.

Emi, Mimi and Rina will delight you with their music and Charm! Come see Tokyo Down Under!