Tune in Wednesday, February 21 from 6 to 9pm to hear jazz drummer Ai Murakami interviewed, her debut album, Conception, and some of the records that shaped her as the great musician she is today.
Born in Japan, Murakami has been fascinated by rhythm ever since she played taiko (Japanese drums) at the age of four. When she heard Thelonious Monk’s “Monk’s Dream” for the first time, she fell in love with his music immediately and immersed herself in jazz.
She started her professional career while at Waseda University, and moved to New York city in 1998. Soon after her arriving, she found her musical home, Smalls Jazz Club, located in Greenwich Village, and quickly met like-minded musicians. Since then, she has dedicated herself to pursuing her musical passion.
Her debut album Conception, released from Gut String Records in November 2014, features Zaid Nasser, Tardo Hammer and Hassan Shakur and has received outstanding reviews from the jazz critics.
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