Gaijin (外人, [ɡaidʑiɴ]) is a Japanese word meaning “non-Japanese“, or “alien”. This word is a short form of gaikokujin (外国人), which literally means “person (or people) from outside of the country”.
So this was definitely a Gaijin show. Firstly Andrew Tyrone Rodgers from England (Who strangely I have many mutual friends with before the time of meeting) opens up the night. He is joined by American Drummer Daniel Karras (Who ends up joining all the musicians that night).
The Australian Singer Songwriter Sorcha Chisholm folks it out with assistance from Canadian vocalist Kelly Haavaldsrud. They performed a wonderful Indigo Girls song together and also undeniably random Cover of Mother by Danzig. Somehow it worked :S
Next up is the deep and gritty sounds Scotsman of Callum`s Whisky Tales. You may remember Callum from previous blogs. Here he`s again solo but donned with an electric guitar which really cuts the mustard. Energetic, emotive and wry.
And finally you have Englishman myself and another englishman Graham Taylor who joins me on Tenor Sax. Again you may remember Graham from previous blogs but this time he has made the trek all the way from Chiba to West Tokyo (About 2 hours) to join me. I am not worthy Graham.
As for the set itself it was as always a pleasure to share the stage with Graham and Daniel. But for me the big exception to the rule was the inclusion of a solo performance of `Dare We Claim Victory`. Not an easy feat for me to be honest. More of a big band number.