Tokyo Groove Jyoshi is a female groove band formed in 2018 in Tokyo by three Japanese session musicians - Emi Kanazashi (keyboards), Juna Serita (bass) and Yuriko Seki (drums). Their driving force has been Koichi Kaneko, their producer, who lived in NY in the '80s and '10s, where he fell in love with groove music.
TGJ's single “Hot Summer” topped the R&B/Soul charts in Turkey's iTunes Store. And the EP “Tokyo Groove” reached into the top ten in Japan's R&B/Soul iTunes chart!
In 2020 TGJ were invited to NY by Ray Angry (Christina Aguilera's "Slow Down Baby", Ja Rule's "Real Life Fantasy" and Melanie Fiona's "Priceless", played on records by Robbie Williams, Joss Stone, toured with D'Angelo) and played at The Bitter End, Shrine, Suger, The Groove, Cafe Wha?. In the last year they have been active in producing video material and on-line gigs which you can find on their YouTube channel here.
Vintage Vinyl HK is thrilled to announce the April 2021 release of Tokyo Groove Jyoshi's first physical record - a very limited edition (100 copies only) 8" clear lathe-cut single featuring their cover version of Tower Of Power's "What Is Hip?" backed by their own composition "Funk No.1".
Side A's "What Is Hip?" is performed by the original band members in collaboration with Shinobu Kawashima on syamisen. Its accompanying YouTube video has had almost 2million views!
Original composition "Funk No.1" is performed by the latest line-up of founder Emi on keyboards, Rina Hoshino on bass and MiMi on drums along with guests Harumo Imai on sax and Gento Miyano on guitar.
More details from Nick.