Hiroshima weaves the sounds of contemporary jazz with timeless Japanese folk music in a fascinating and absorbing tapestry. The seven-member Los Angeles band, led by June Kuramoto (considered one of the world’s leading koto players) and Dan Kuramoto (keyboards, sax, flute and shakuhachi), offers an elegant afternoon of mixing ancient instruments with the wild strains of the newest synth sounds, electronic percussions, salsa and jazz.
Hiroshima also features Danny Yamamoto on drums, Kimo Cornwell on keyboards, Dean Cortez on bass, and Shoji Kameda on taiko. They will be joined by special guest vocalist Terry Steele, a former member of the band.
The award-winning group has released nine CDs, including “Go,” “Another Place,” and “Urban World Music.”
A passionate fan following, a critically acclaimed album and show-stopping appearances with the likes of Dave Koz and Peter White — this for anyone would be the things of which smooth jazz dreams are made. Yet, sax player Ingala is far from being just anyone. In fact, he is rapidly emerging as one of the hottest talents around.
Seating ($55 general, $49.50 for Wine Club members) is available in rows of concert-style seats as well as a limited number of small tables for four on a first-come, first-served basis.
Gourmet supper packages ($120 general, $108 for Wine Club members) prepared by the award-winning Cafe Champagne are available during each performance. The package includes a pre-assigned reserved table under a covered patio, a three-course gourmet meal served during the performance, tax and gratuity. Seating is available for large parties, and arrangements for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions can be arranged by the staff in advance.
The Jazz Grill offers a selection of fresh BBQ items, including fruits and salads, that are also available during the performances.
For reservations and more information, go to www.thorntonwine.com/.
SAVE THE DATE: Keiko Matsui will be at Thornton Winery on Sunday, Oct. 13.