Japan

💦 So What 💦

This Mizuoka Nobuyuki Group May Day performance of “So What” still fascinates and entertains me some 14 years after the event took place. It obviously has much to do with the carefree synergy the players display. Equally important, though, is the fact that this recording represents a far superior arrangement to the famous original by the great Miles Davis!

再会 Meet Again — Live

This Nobuyuki Mizuoka composition was performed solo by him on June 27, 2013. During certain informal live gigs at local venues around Tokyo, Mizuoka-san would habitually play 9 to 13 complete, original songs non-stop.

Life: Racing Toward 2020!

Here is a breathtaking original Nobuyuki Mizuoka composition that is the seventh track on his 2009 album “Life.” Mizuoka-san has a bottomless creative capability that may very well catapult him to great heights as an international-caliber composer-arranger. And how wonderful it would be for that to happen in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!!

花は咲く Flowers Will Bloom

This song had been created as a part of the international humanitarian response to the 8.8 magnitude earthquake and accompanying tsunami that devastated Japan’s northeastern (Tōhoku) region on March 11, 2011.

Imagine

A unique and varied arrangement of “Imagine” performed by Nobuyuki Mizuoka at Minatomirai Cross Patio in Yokohama, Japan, on 7 January 2014.

Originals Trifecta

Cross-border sampler of three original melodies written and performed by Composer-Pianist Nobuyuki Mizuoka.

Stardust

The jazz standard “Stardust” performed live by Shinji Ishihara on tenor sax, Nobuyuki Mizuoka on piano, and Shigenobu Kikuta on wood bass.

Cherryblossoms of Dreams

This melody “Yumezakura” was written and performed by Pianist-Composer Nobuyuki Mizuoka and released on his 2009 album “旅人星 (Tabibitoboshi ー Wanderer’s Star).” To illustrate the live performance in parts of this video, I used a number of my photographs of scenes taken during the height of the cherryblossom season in Hibiya Park, Tokyo.🌸