Playing at Hillstones

It was a wonderful night to play with Phil Maturano(ds) and Jennifer Vincent(b) at Hillstones in midtown NY. It is really upscale & sophisticated restaurant and bar with nice Steinway grand piano! Fun to play some Jazz standards that I haven't played for long time like; Stella By Starlight, Foot Prints, Cute(!), Nica's Dream, No More Blues, Darn That Dream, All Blues, Someday My Prince Will Come, etc.... 


Mother's Day Latin Jazz Concert

Emmanuel Presbyterian Church presented Mother's Day Latin Jazz Concert on May 12, 2018. It was successful ! Elder Cummings would like us to play sometime in a few months later for an another event to activate the neighborhood in lower Eastside of Manhattan. I am happy to play for our community people. See you next time!

Chiemi Nakai(p) Latin Jazz Trio with Rafael Monteagudo(ds) & Jennifer Vincent(b)

Thank you so much for your joining us to sing songs; Yuka Mito, Rina Komai, Aya Morita!


Recording Part 2 in 2018

We had such a wonderful, professional recording session on April 30th at Soundworks Recordings. Carlo De Rosa(b), Juan Felipe Mayorga(ds), Alejandro Aviles(as) and Mari Koga(vo). The recording engineer is Kamilo Kratc and did a magical job as usual. Thank you Mi Gente!

I came along a long way since I released the second CD "Transformation"(not officially released yet) in 2013. The new album will be my 3rd recordings but technically be the 2nd CD in the market since 2008! 




Start recording in 2018

It was a super fun recording session with these great musicians; Wilson Chembo Corniel(congas), Ruben Rodriguez(b), Alejandro Aviles(fl), and Joel Mateo(ds). Today we made 2 songs. Looking forward to the next one! Keep on going! 3/12/2018 in Soundworks Studio in Astoria with engineer Kamilo Kratc. Thank you for your great job always.


Jazz at Kitano successful!

Happy to inform that the performance at Jazz at Kitano was successful. Finally I found the best and ideal band as Chiemi Nakai Latin Jazz Project with Alejandro Aviles(as, ss, fl), Carlo De rosa(b), Juan Felipe Mayorga(ds). We will see you on the next performance! Thank you for your warm support always. Best!


US Open 2017!


I went to US open the first round qualifiers yesterday. Nice weather, nice crowd and nice games! Just the price of the food court was so expensive! Beer is $11?! Anyway I enjoyed hanging with my friends !!



Andy Murray(right) is practicing at Grandstand.