It is really gusty today at Hebgen. I don’t know how little birds like Chickadees and Nuthatches manage to fly in such high wind!
University of Montana is hosting the annual Buddy Defranco Jazz Festival online from March 15th to April 15th. There will be a free online Gala Festival concert on March 25th. Schools can sign up and send in performance videos of their groups which will be adjudicated by some of the top music educators and musicians from around the country! For more information, please visit : Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival 2021: “Keepin’ The Groove”.
As I have mentioned, I printed a small amount of my first photo book. My first baby steps. It’s called “雪景 – Sekkei. 空景 – Kukei.” If you are interested, please scroll down to the bottom.


Every Wednesday Night, Levity features Live Jazz starting at 7:00 p.m. It’s a Jam Session with Local Jazz Musicians. There are always familiar faces, but it’s open to anyone that can play. All you need is raw talent and your instrument!
Levity Bar and Bistro
(406) 651-5985
1027 Shiloh Crossing Blvd Suite 8, Billings, MT 59102
Wednesday, February 24th 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Facebook event page


Billings guitarist Alex Nauman’s live stream concert series “The Hang!” episode 4! On this Friday, February 26th at 8PM, Alex will have Bozeman guitarist Craig Hall. Both Craig and Alex are great guitarists, educator, and wonderful people. You can join them on Alex’s YouTube channel with your choice of drink! If you have a question or two, don’t be shy and ask them via YouTube chat while the concert.
Alex Nauman’s YouTube Channel
Friday, February 26th 8:00 p.m. – w/ Craig Hall
Please donate/tip to the musicians!
*Suggested donation $10. Donation info will be available on the live stream.


Weekend Live jazz at “Tune Up Bar” of Kimpton Armory Hotel in Bozeman! This Saturday, February 27th from 8 to 10 PM guitarist Craig Hall and saxophonist Will Brown will be making wonderful sounds! Please join the duo at the cozy underground bar on the west side of the hotel and enjoy live jazz! No cover.
Tune Up Bar
(406) 551-7702
24 W. Mendenhall St. Bozeman, MT 59715 (Kimpton Armory Hotel)
Saturday, February 27th 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Facebook event page


Our friend and amazing pianist Josh Nelson has been hosting online music program on Facebook called “Encounter Hour”. Last Tuesday he dedicated the program to Chick Corea and the new Perseverance Rover! Here is the link to the video on Josh’s Facebook page.

Our friend and Bozeman Jazz fan Greg sent me more recommendations related to Chick Corea. Here is one of them, Chick as a side man : “Sweet Rain” by Stan Getz (1967). Stan Getz on tenor saxophone, Chick Corea on piano, Ron Carter on bass, Grady Tate on drums.


My photo book “雪景 – Sekkei. 空景 – Kukei.” for sale!
To friends who bought my 2021 calendar, thank you so much for your support! I printed a small amount of my first photo book which are my first baby steps.
About the title. Japanese “Sekkei” means snowscape. “Sekkei” is combination of these words: Yuki (snow) and Kei (scenery, landscape view, scene.) ”Kukei”, I made up this word to go with “Sekkei”. I used a combination of the words: Ku (sky, space) and Kei to title my photos of sky.

So here are my humble works, “Sekkei. Kukei”. (11.5 x 8.5 inch, 22 pages)
$28 include shipping (U.S. only)
Please order via PayPal or Venmo. Don’t forget to add your shipping address.
PayPal :
Venmo : @Yae-Inoue
If you prefer sending a check or cash, please contact me a via Contact page. and news letter Jazz this week are non-profit. I am doing this to be a little help for jazz community around Bozeman while I work as a website/graphic designer.
If you feel like helping me with a little reward please donate from “Buy me a glass of wine page“. It is much appreciated!!!