Aloha,  I've been very delinquent in updating the site... very sorry about that. Here go's... 

The month of August was a blast playing with old friends visiting town. Ed Weber was great at Gordon Biersch and his wife Carol is doing wonderful work as a writer for The Examiner.com. Had fun playing with the great Jimmy Borges and Betty Loo Taylor along with Steve Jones and Rocky Holmes at the annual Wildest Show In Town at the Honolulu Zoo. Played with my long time friend and fantastic musician Eric Miyashiro in a big band he lead at The Pearl City Cultural Center Jazz Festival. The festival featured The Honolulu Jazz Quartet, as well as Rhythm Summit ( fun playing with my buddies Kenny Endo and Dean Taba). The festival was a huge success ( kudos to producer Eric Kop and theater manager Nathan Kagihara) and hopefully we will be doing it next year. Soon after, played with trombonist and scientist, Chris Amemiya. Chris always sound's good and has a really nice book for 4 horns. Then I was off to Japan with Jake Shimabukuro. We did four dates, Osaka, Kochi (Ampan Man) Hiroshima and Tokyo. Jake is doing well in Japan with the release of his new CD. Every performance was sold-out, with the Osaka theater holding a thousand people, and the Tokyo Opera House holding two thousand. Dean and I went to see my old friend Makoto Ozone and his big band  called "No Name Horses" at the Tokyo Blue Note. Eric Miyashiro plays lead trumpet with the band and they sounded great. Wonderful compositions and playing. Makoto invited me up at the end of the set to sit-in with the band. That was a thrill and really big fun... thanks to Makoto and Eric.

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