Brick's Pick's "Far East, Far Out" from Brick Wahl with LA Weekly

The Asian American Music Festival is this weekend, and at least three of its five events (or "movements") contain some jazz or jazzoid music. On Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. there's local pianist Gary Fukushima's straight-ahead GF3 trio, and then Bay Area pianist Jon Jang in a solo set. Jang will lead his Pan-Asian Arkestra, joined here by the Taiko Project, for a world premiere of his "Concerto for Jazz Orchestra and Taiko," which should be fun and gnarly loud.

Saturday night it's ukulele maestro Jake Shimabukuro and his jazz trio, preceded by vibist/drummers Abe Lagrimas Jr. and Noel Okimoto's quartet ù they'll switch back and forth on drumsticks and mallets. Closing the festival on Sunday is Charmaine Clamor & Her Killin' Sweethearts. The Sweethearts ù including pianist Eli Brueggemann, drummer Abe Lagrimas and a horn section led by fine tenor Robby Marshall ù is the same octet on her fine new Something Good. KKJZ's Bubba Jackson lays down the final benediction. Check out for all the details. It all goes down in Little Tokyo at the Japanese American National Museum at 369 E. First St.

by Brick Wahl, for LA Weekly, OCTOBER 13, 2010