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KEIKO MATSUI live @ Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg 2012 Piano | Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Keiko Matsui is a citizen of the world. She tours relentlessly and has brought her music to virtually every corner of the globe. Her music transcends boundary and her unique melting pot of musical influences have garnered her an international following. “Music has no borders and it creates an oneness among people,” confides the Japanese born pianist, composer and producer. An activist by nature, Keiko has not only used her music to speak to the world but she has lent her voice to causes championed by organizations like The United Nations World Food Programme. With over 1.5 million albums sold and scores of sold out concerts across the globe, Keiko Matsui is one of the brightest stars in instrumental music. Her free spirit and creative genius have afforded her the luxury to share the stage with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis to Hugh Masakela and Bob James.

Keiko Matsui made her US recording debut in 1987 with the recording “A Drop of Water”. Her album “Dream Walk” (1996) remained on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts for over 15 months and further cemented her reputation as a force to reckon with. In 1997, she launched a tour dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer, and released a four-song CD entitled “A Gift of Hope” that benefitted the Y-Me Breast Cancer Organization. In 2000 and 2001, Keiko was honored with an award for “Best Female Artist” at the National Smooth Jazz Awards. Keiko Matsui’s CD “Deep Blue” (2001) topped Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz charts for three consecutive weeks. Keiko is the first Japanese artist to achieve this honor. On January 2011 Keiko’s long awaited, self produced and 22nd album “The Road…” was released, followed by “Altair & Vega” (2011) – a 4 Hand Piano project with Bob James. Overall, she hit the Top10 Billbaord Jazz Album Charts with seven of her CDs and stayed there for several weeks.

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GRandJazzFest is a free one-day event on Saturday, August 18, 2012, from noon until 10 p.m., featuring jazz artists with Michigan ties!

GRandJazzFest brings together notable jazz performers as well as highlights up-and-coming artists for diverse audiences. GRandJazzFest is being held at Rosa Parks Circle, a central location in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, where attendees can enjoy music, support local businesses and visit other Grand Rapids attractions.

And, GRandJazzFest is free!

GRandJazzFest lineup Saturday, August 18, 2012, at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, Michigan:

12:30-1:30 pm – Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra with Edye Evans Hyde
2:00-3:00 pm – Walt Gutowski & the Bridge Street Band with Michelle Covington
3:30-4:30 pm – Grupo Ayé
5:00-6:00 pm – The Steve Hilger Jazz Quintet
6:45-7:45 pm – Phil Denny
8:15-9:30 pm – Tim Bowman

CD sales and artist signings.

Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503