Yuichi Hirakawa Jazz Group first appeared at Arthur’s Tavern in September 2001 and held its stage every Tuesday evening until March 2020. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, his group came back and now appears frequently at this reopened club. The band plays straight ahead jazz covering latin jazz, blues, and R&B.
The bandleader, Yuichi Hirakawa is a drummer, percussionist, and composer. For over 25 years, he’s been engaged in the New York music scene with a clear sense of swing with crisp technique on his instrument. His band appeared at Blue Note New York several times, and has been performing regularly at Tomi Jazz and other local venues. Also as a drummer of various bands, he performed at Blue Note Tokyo, Birdland, 55 Bar, Bottom Line, Trumpets, Side Door, and other venues and festivals in both domestic and international cities.