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Hiromi performs at Newport Jazz.

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Hiromi's SonicBloom: Newport Jazz 2009
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It's hard not to notice Hiromi Uehara's energy: her dazzling, explosive keyboard abilities are front and center in her music. The way she designs tunes, or even interprets standards, ripples with flourishes of Romantic-era classical music, prog-rock bombast and playful gusto. And her touch on piano and keyboards is nothing if not intense.

Born and raised in Japan, but trained in jazz at Berklee College of Music, Hiromi has found fellow graduates and Boston-area collaborators to match her vision. In the last three years, her newest band SonicBloom, a quartet which often features gonzo jazz-rock guitarist Dave Fiuczynski, has made two albums, plus a forthcoming live DVD. That group's expressive jazz fusion will be on display at the Harbor Stage on Saturday at the 2009 Newport Jazz Festival.

Personnel
  • Hiromi, piano, keyboards
  • Tony Grey, bass
  • Mauricio Zottarelli, drums
  • John Shannon, guitar
Set List
  • "Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise"
  • "Led Boots"
  • "Claire de Lune"
  • "Piano Solo"
  • "Caravan"
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