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    Name: Aya Takazawa Quintet
    Date: September 6, 2019
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM PDT
    Aya Takazawa Quintet
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    Aya Takazawa

    Aya Takazawa Quintet

    September 6 & 7

    Aya Takazawa – trumpet, Remi Nachi – vocals, Keith Saunders – piano, Kengo Nakamura – bass, Akira Tana – drums

    Aya Takazawa is a seriously swinging Japanese female trumpeter. She started playing the piano at five and the trumpet at ten years old. She graduated from Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, and studied under Mr.Hitoshi Kumagai who was a principle trumpeter of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. After graduation from college, she took part in various music activities; above all, a Jazz CD of a female brass unit “Tokyo Brass Style” of which she was a leading member was a big hit in the Japanese Jazz music charts. In 2009 she played the solo trumpet for the first time as a Japanese trumpeter at the commemoration ceremony of the United Nations Population Fund held in New York. Her expressive power of the trumpet received the highest praise from ambassadors of all over the world. She is now leading her own Jazz band “Aya Takazawa Quintet”. Recently, she has been featured as one of the most promising trumpet players in a couple of Japanese Jazz magazines such as “Jazz Japan”, “Jazz Life” and so on. In 2012 with a release of her first album “Patterns”, she established a reputation as a versatile musician in Jazz.

    Aya Takazawa

    Aya Takazawa

    In 2012 while appearing on the “Summer Jazz” held in Hibiya-Kokaido and taking part in the Night Cruise Jazz arranged by Mr. Tatsuo Sunaga (DJ), and she played with Manhattan Jazz Quintet on “Monterey Jazz Festival in NOTO”. She is making a concerted effort to instruct brass bands or big bands based on Bill Adam’s method. Her activities in this field include private lessons to young promising students.

    Aya Takazawa coming to The Sequoia Room

    Aya Takazawa coming to The Sequoia Room

    Aya has studied traditional Jazz too, and she won the 2nd prize in Detroit Jazz Competition 2016. She joined Delfeayo Marsalis’s Uptown Jazz Orchestra in New Orleans, she was invited to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as her own band also. She played with Jason Marsalis (ds), Wessell Anderson (as), Kengo Nakamura (b) from Wynton Marsalis’s Family, and had recorded with them for her major debut album. She played the Monterey Jazz Festival 2018.

    Aya Takazawa at Monterey Jazz 2018

    Aya Takazawa at Monterey Jazz 2018

    She has played the trumpet with a lot of famous Jazz musicians such as Akira Ohmori (as), Hidefumi Toki (as), Sei-ichi Nakamura (ts), Kosuke Mine (ts), Nicholas Payton (tp), Adam Rapa (tp), Leroy Jones (tp), Kermit Ruffin (tp), TOKU (tp), Delfeayo Marsalis (tb), Masaru Imada (p), John Di Martino(p), Hideo Ichikawa(p), Hector Martignon(p), Masahiro Sayama(p), Takaaki Miyanoue (g), Satoshi Inoue (g), Hideaki Kanazwa (b), Daiki Yasukagawa (b), Masahiko Oosaka (d), Fukushi Tainaka (d) and so on…


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    Mendocino County Officially Placed on State COVID-19 Watch List

    Condado de Mendocino oficialmente colocado en la lista de vigilancia COVID-19 del estado.

    Today, the California Department of Public Health notified Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan that our county has been placed on the state watch list. When placed on the state watch list, a county is subject to the restrictions the state has established in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. This new watch list status will be reflected on the state COVID-19 website on July 28, 2020, at this link. As of July 24, 2020, Dr. Doohan has already implemented these additional restrictions in our county proactively, in order to prepare for this placement on the state watch list.

    Criteria for state watch list placement includes having at least 100 new infections of COVID-19 per 100,000 over a time period of 14 days. For Mendocino County and its population of 90,000 people, the trigger placing us on this watch list is 90 new cases in 14 days. At the time of this Press Release, our county has seen over 120 new cases of COVID-19 within the last 14 days. The state has informed Mendocino County that our county level data shows a doubling time of 15 days. This would mean that without increasing mitigation measures, by mid-August we could see approximately 240 new cases, and by early September, approximately 480 new cases.

    The updated county Shelter in Place Health Order, issued on July 24, 2020, mirrors state direction given to counties who have surpassed the three consecutive days on the state watch list without COVID-19 data improvement.

    Revised Health Order, issued on July 24, 2020

    The County notified residents of this updated Health Order a week in advance of its implementation, in order to allow businesses more time to prepare for the mandatory closures of indoor operations in these additional sectors.

    “Mendocino County has been preparing for this moment for over 6 months,” says Dr. Doohan. “The COVID-19 surge has arrived here now, and for this reason, we have been placed on the state watch list. I have been closely monitoring our County data and started to see all of the signs that the surge was arriving over a week ago. For this reason, we have been able to prepare and operationalize additional mitigation measures in the last week, including enhanced enforcement, expanded communications, and preparation of new orders to support improved county-level COVID-19 data sharing and improved response to workplace outbreaks. We have also been able to help prepare our schools and higher-risk businesses for the restrictions mandated by the state for these sectors in watch list counties.”

    The new state watch list restrictions, included in the July 24, 2020 Health Order, mandate closing the following indoor operations (outdoor operations with restrictions allowed):

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    • Offices for non-essential sectors
    • Personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors
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    These industries must shut down unless they can be modified to operate outside (under a canopy or other sun shelter for sufficient air movement) or by pick-up.

    Mendocino County has prepared well in advance for placement on the state watch list, and continues to work closely with state and local authorities to monitor COVID-19 in our county. The COVID-19 surge has arrived in our region, and individual responsibility is key to slowing the spread. Remember:


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    It is designed to represent businesses from Hopland to Laytonville, across the county to Boonville, Fort Bragg and the South coast. The focus of the campaign is to create a central marketing effort to support local businesses to generate income while closed to the public.

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