Can you call it Japanese Jazz to her face? How about Japanese Female Jazz?
(The real joke is she actually got such followers.) Truth is she probably has her own sense of pride & duty in her nationality/ethnicity as well as womanhood. But when you put her work under those labels, it is a major disservice in every angle imaginable. And the very sad fact that people(including, and especially, the Jazz musicians themselves) just don't, or refuse to, get that is a seriously destructive affair all around. It eats away at the value and morale of the art form. Jazz musicians cannot afford to be that ignorant, especially when considering the relatively short history of the music. At the same time, being ignorant of anything outside, and that gets in the way, of getting the next gig/tour is itself, the name of the game for many, if not most, of these musicians so. Eh. Already a dying music anyway, right?
But of course, Hiromi's music is not even Jazz to some.
The point is shit gets/is more nuanced than anyone would prefer and that's just life. But for many cats, it seems to function as a blockage. Life, that is. But I get it, we all have different ideas about it. Good luck, living the simple life then,
CJ Kim- Owner/Manager at Cafe52.