Last month, Yaron Herman from Isarael came to Japan.
He is not yet so famous player, and the time he came was just on the day when a very big jazzevent, Tokyo Jazz, was held in Tokyo with many famous jazz musicians, that's why Yaron Herman's gig was really small size at a live music place in Tokyo.
But with that small size, I could see his play very well.
His play sometimes is out of jazz style, whcih may be the style of israel jazz. He also plays very unique adlib melody. I like European jazz very much, but his stayle is not the same as other European jazz pianists approach to jazz inprovisation.
Some days later, a pianist from Norway, Helge Lien also came to Tokyo. One day before Yaron Herman's gig, my favorite drum player, Jeff Ballard played at the same place with Yaron Herman. I wanted to see him with Brad Mehldaw although I missed his gig.
As above players, many musicians come to Japan to play. But only some of them can fill up the 2000 to 3000 capacity concert halls. Japan is not such a good place for European jazz players, but for me, it's a good place because I can enjoy them in front of myself.