By Charles Lam Northwest Asian Weekly The University of Washington (UW) hosted its first Japanese student in 1894. Now, over a century later, the University of Washington Nikkei Alumni Association (UWNAA) — the successor of multiple Japanese American student organizations — is celebrating its 90th anniversary.
Jazz group Deems released its new album, “On Irving Street.” Helmed by pianist and producer Deems Tsutakawa, the album also consists of musicians Paul Richardson, Merwin Kato, Dan Benson, Paul Anderson, David Yamasaki, Tim Horiuchi (a co-producer), Gordon Uchima, and Steve Ryals.
As a jazz pianist for more than 40 years, Deems Tsutakawa has created an original, distinctive sound known by many jazz fans.
On any given day, Yoshi Minegishi checks his schedule and reviews the many tasks he has in his queue.
Born and raised in Seattle, Deems Tsutakawa draws upon life experience for his music. Although Tsutakawa’s grandparents are from Japan, he describes his life experience as “an American experience.”