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FREE! Music at Noon: Michika Fukumori w/ Steve Whipple

December 7, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Stop by historic Adler Hall every week in December for a free 12:00pm performance! This week we welcome jazz pianist Michika Fukumori and bassist Steve Whipple:

Born on Japan’s main island, Michika grew up in the city of Mie and began to play the piano at the age of three. Within the next three years Michika was composing and playing her own music. After studying classical composition at the Aichi Prefectual University of Fine Arts and Music, Michika studied with renowned Japanese pianist Colgen Suzuki and began working professionally at a wide variety of jazz clubs in and around Tokyo.

In 2000, Michika moved to the United States and began studying with Ron Carter and Geri Allen at City College of New York along with private lessons under the tutelage of Steve Kuhn. Michika got her Masters Degree at CCNY in 2003.

Since then, Michika has been playing at many of Manhattan’s most prestigious jazz clubs such as Lenox Lounge and Beekman Tower Hotel. In 2004, 2005, 2010, 2013 and 2017 Michika was proud to lead a trio at New York’s jazz mecca, The Blue Note.

In 2004 Michika recorded her first album, “Infinite Thoughts”, joined by David Finck (bass), Billy Drummond (drums) and produced by Steve Kuhn, followed by “Quality Time” in 2016 and “Piano Images” in 2018.

Today Michika enjoys a variety of work in the U.S. along with annual trips to her homeland, touring Japan as a leader of trios and quartets for the last fifteen years. Michika is an accompanist for Carol Fredette’s Jazz Vocal Workshop and is currently performing at various venues in Manhattan such as Arturo’s, Antique Garage and The Kitano (Jazz at Kitano).

Set List:

1st set
1, Make someone happy  (Jule Styne)
2, Aquarela do Brasil  (Ary Barroso)
3,The answer is… [Winter] (Michika Fukumori)
4, Winter Wonderland  (Felix Bernard)
5, Somewhere (Lenard Bernstein)
6, Speak Low (Kurt Weill)
2nd set
1, Overture from “The Nutcracker” (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
2, Medley ~ Prelude in E minor Op.28 No.4 (Frédéric Chopin) and How Insensitive (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
3,The Jitterbug Waltz (Thomas “Fats” Waller)
4, Ev’ry time we say goodbye  (Cole Porter)
5, Medley ~ Batida Diferente and Estamos Aí (Durval Ferreira and Mauricio Einhorn)

Join us each week in December for a free mid-day concert in historic Adler Hall:

•Jazz Pianist Michika Fukumori & Bassist Steve Whipple
Wednesday, December 7 | *Ends at 1:30pm | More Info

•Classical Violinist Benita Benéitez & Guitarist Matthew Kaplan
Thursday, December 15 I More Info

•Christopher Bradshaw and Nelson Ojeda Valdés: Tchaikowsky’s Nutcracker Suite in Four-Hand Piano
Wednesday, December 21 | More Info

•Singer Caitlin Caruso Dobbs and Pianist Alana Murphy: Songs From the American Songbook & Musical Theater
Wednesday, December 28 | More Info

Free hot chocolate and snacks will be served!

COVID-19 Notice: Vaccination and mask are required to attend.



December 7, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Adler Hall
2 W 64th St
New York, NY 10023 United States
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