member spotlight: Naoki Yuji
I am very happy to present guitarist Naoki Yuji from Japan! In this photo we are at the Blue Note Tokyo where I was playing with the Mingus Big Band. I love meeting JVL members, that’s the most gratifying part of this website!
What instrument(s) do you play?
guitar / bass guitar
How did you start learning music?
When I was 13, I went to mission school. So I started to playing sacred songs of the church with guitar. And older brothers taught me to improvise over these songs.
What are your top 5 albums?
The Police first
The beatles / revolver
Pat Metheny Group / San Lorenzo
Bill Evans / Undercurrent
Wayne Shorter / Speak No Evil
John Coltrane / My Favorite Things
Joao Gilberto / en mexico
and so on ,,,,
Sorry, It’s so hard to decide !
What are your current project(s)?
live & recording (rock, folk music)
duo with soprano sax (jazz)
solo guitar playing at cafe
What are some of your musical goals?
Express myself as much as possible
How long have you been a JVL member?
What do you like about it? How has it helped you?
Alex taught me what I want to know about practice of improvising.
What’s your favorite video on JVL?
All ! But If I had to choose, these ones:
3 WAYS YOU CAN PRACTICE ANYWHERE THAT WILL BOOST YOUR MASTERY OF THE INSTRUMENT