Hal Tsuchida on Hammond organ 土田晴信

Hal Tsuchida on Hammond organ

土田晴信

ノーザンイリノイ大学ジャズピアノ科、デポール大学院ジャズ作編曲科卒業。ピアノをWillie Pickens、ハモンドオルガンをTony Monaco、Chris Foremanに師事。11年間アメリカ・シカゴを中心にジャズやブルース系ハモンドオルガン・ピアノ奏者として演奏活動。2010年に日本に帰国し活動。新たに2013年にドイツ・ベルリンに転居しヨーロッパ中心に活動。アメリカ・ドイツ・イタリア・チェコ・スロバキア・スウェーデン・ノルウェーなどで演奏。2016年より日本中心に活動再開。
 
2006年にジャズオルガン奏者としてデビューアルバムとして”Midnight Shuffle”をリリース、2010年に”Next Time You See Me”をリリース、2015年にドイツのMons Recordsより”Swingin’ with the Hammond Organ”をリリースし、アメリカ・ヨーロッパ・日本・その他の国でディストリビュートされる。
 
Chicago Blues Festival, Baltimore Blues Festival, Waterfront Blues Festival, Gary Jazz Festival, Chicago Asian Jazz Festival, Eddie Lang Jazz Festival, International Jazz Festival Prahaなどその他多くのアメリカやヨーロッパのブルースやジャズフェスティバルにリーダー及びサポートとして出演。またアメリカやドイツでテレビ出演。
 
アメリカやヨーロッパの著名なブルースやジャズミュージシャン Billy Branch, Eddie C Campbell, Bo Diddley, Torsten Goods, Phil Guy, Jeff Hamilton, Harold Jones, Tony Lakatos, Nils Landgren, Magnus Lindgren, Pinetop Perkins, Tim Ries, Ira Sullivan, Junior Watson, Peter Weniger, Phil Woods と共演(仕事)。
 
日本人ハモンドオルガン奏者としてアメリカ、ヨーロッパ、日本とワールドワイドな活動を行っている。2016年から慶應大学にてジャズのクラスも教えている。

Biography (English)

Jazz and blues organist, pianist, composer, and arranger. He studied jazz piano with Willie Pickens at Northern Illinois University where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Jazz Studies). He earned a Master of Music in Jazz Studies (Composition) and a Performance Certificate from DePaul University.

He has performed with many musicians including Billy Branch, Eddie C Campbell, Bo Diddley, Little Arthur Duncan, George Freeman, Phil Guy, Jeff Hamilton, Harold Jones, Bob Lark, RJ Mischo, Joe Moss, Nick Moss, Pinetop Perkins, Tim Ries, Lynwood Slim, Little Mack Simmons, Ira Sullivan, Junior Watson, Phil Woods, and the list goes on. As a blues pianist, he has been playing with numerous bands. He has performed at the Chicago Hope Festival (w/ Bo Diddley & Billy Branch, 2000), the Chicago Blues Festival (w/ Rob Stone, 2002), the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland OR (w/ Phil Guy, 2002 and w/ Nick Moss, 2002), the Baltimore Blues Festival (w/ Nick Moss, 2002), the Taste of Chicago (w/ Phil Guy, 2008), and several other festivals as well. He has recorded the CDs “Got a New Plan” (w/ Nick Moss, Blue Bella Records, 2001), and “Movin’ Out” (w/ Chicago Blues Angels, Blue Bella Records, 2001). He has appeared on the Fox Chicago Morning News (w/ Bo Diddley, 2000), and the blues shows Speakin’ of the Blues on TV (w/ Arthur Duncan, 2002 and w/ Eomot RaSan, 2003).

He has studied jazz organ with Tony Monaco and Chris Foreman, and he has been leading his jazz organ trio. He released his first CD “Midnight Shuffle” (2006) with his jazz organ trio. He has regularly played with the George Freeman Trio for three years. He has performed with his jazz organ trio at the jazz festival Jazz in the Park in Gary IN (2008, 2009) and The 14th Annual Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival (2009). He released his second CD “Next Time You See Me” (2010) with his jazz organ trio.

After living in the US for 11 years, he moved to Japan in June 2010. He was active as a musician and an educator. He has performed at many clubs and festivals including Shinjuku Traditional Jazz Festival (2010, 2013), Yokohama Jazz Promenade (2011), Chiba Bayside Jazz Festival (2011), Asagaya Jazz Festival (2011, 2012), Takasago Jazz Festival (2012), and Shinjuku Spring Jazz Festival (2012, 2013).

In July 2013, he moved to Berlin, Germany. He has already played in Czech Republic, Italy, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden as well as Germany and performed with well-known musicians including Torsten Goods, Tony Lakatos, Nils Landgren, Magnus Lindgren, Bjørn Solli, Peter Weniger and Petter Wettre. His new CD “Swingin’ with the Hammond Organ / Hal Tsuchida & European Friends” was released by Mons Records in the spring 2015.

In December 2015, he moved back to Japan from Germany for a teaching job at Keio University and his new musical activities.

Biografie (Deutsch)

Hal Tsuchida, ursprünglich aus Yokohama, Japan, wanderte mit zwanzig Jahren in die USA aus, um Blues Pianist zu werden. Er studierte Jazz-Piano bei Willie Pickens an der Northern Illinois University und erwarb im Anschluss den Master of Music in Jazz Studies sowie ein “Certificate in Performance” von der DePaul University in Chicago.

Elf Jahre lang spielte er in den angesagten Blues- & Jazz-Clubs Chicagos sowie auf zahlreichen Festivals in den USA. Er hatte Auftritte mit Blues und Jazz Musikern wie Billy Branch, Sugar Blue, Eddie C. Campbell, Mark Colby, Bo Diddley, George Freeman, Phil Guy, Jeff Hamilton, Harold Jones, RJ Mischo, Nick Moss, Pinetop Perkins, Tim Ries, Lynwood Slim, Ira Sullivan, und Phil Woods.
 
Das Album “The Cat” von Jimmy Smith veranlasste Hal im Jahr 2005 vom Piano auf die Hammond-Orgel umzusteigen. Zu seinen Mentoren zählt er u.a. Tony Monaco und Chris Foreman. Die erste CD seines Orgel-Trios erschien 2006 unter dem Titel “Midnight Shuffle”. Sein zweites Album “Next Time You See Me” erschien 2010.
 
Nach einem mehrjährigen Zwischenspiel in Japan zog es Hal im August 2013 nach Berlin, wo er seither regelmäßig in den namhaften Jazz-Clubs der Stadt zu sehen ist. Er spielte schon in der Slowakei, Italien, Norwegen, Schweden und Tschechien und trat mit bekannten Musikern wie Torsten Goods, Tony Lakatos, Nils Landgren, Magnus Lindgren, Bjørn Solli, Peter Weniger und Petter Wettre auf. Seine neue CD “Swingin’ with the Hammond Organ / Hal Tsuchida & European Friends” wurde im Frühjahr 2015 bei Mons Records veröffentlicht.

Im Dezember 2015 zog er zurück nach Japan aus Deutschland für einen Lehrauftrag an der Keio Universität und seine neuen musikalischen Aktivitäten.