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Pitt Inn is a favorite Tokyo jazz club and is located in the Shinjuku district, one of the city’s most frequently-visited locations.

Playing in a trio is an exciting experience because of all the subtle exchange of ideas.  The roles of the players change constantly and the conversation is never the same.

Hide Tanaka moved from Japan to New York in 1982.  I’ve been playing with him on different gigs for over 20 years.  He always plays with sincerity and devotion and is a man of deep feeling and understanding.

Shingo Okudaira moved from his home in Tokyo to New York in 1991.  We started playing together in 2005.  He is a great drummer.  I’ve enjoyed working with him more than I can say in words. 

Jiro Shinagawa was the tour manager for our 2007 tour of Japan.  He was uniquely responsible for the wonderful time we had on our trip.  He is a very special person.

M. P. (Meng Ping) Kuo was our recording engineer for both CDs (2006 and 2008).  She did a great job and we’ve been lucky to work with her on both occasions.

The 1957 Steve Elmer Trio featured Pete Sokolow on tenor sax (he now plays piano in the style of Fats Waller and is a leading exponent of Klezmer music), Marty Gehr on accordion (he also played jazz piano and baritone sax), and Steve Elmer on drums (who was an anonymous New York piano player/composer until 2006).



 




The Steve Elmer Trio at the Pit Inn, Tokyo, Japan

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Kazumi Sasahara

Tour of  Japan, 2007

The Steve Elmer Trio at Reed and Rose Concert Hall, Fukuyama, Japan

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Jiro Shinagawa

Tour of Japan, 2007

Steve Elmer, Piano/Composer

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Kazumi Sasahara

Tour of Japan, 2007

Hide Tanaka at Keyboard, Toyota, Japan

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Tour of Japan, 2007

 Jiro Shinagawa

Shingo Okudaira, Reed and Rose Hall, Fukuyama, Japan

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Jiro Shinagawa

Tour of Japan, 2007

Jiro Shinagawa, Tour Manager

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Steve Elmer

Tour of Japan, 2007

M. P. (Meng Ping) Kuo, Recording Engineer

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Steve Elmer

Uptime Studios, New York City

My First Drum

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Family legend claims that this early birthday gift (headdress, drum, and bow) inspired me to be a musician.

The Steve Elmer Trio (1957)

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Pete Sokolow, tenor sax, Marty Gehr, accordion, Steve Elmer, drums.

A Relaxed Moment

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Jiro Shinagawa

Steve enjoying a brief rest off the bandstand.