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CRUISIN’ J-TOWN

Directed by Duane Kubo

Cast: Dan Kuramoto, Daniel Valdez, Hiroshima, Johnny Mori, June Okida Kuramoto, Kinnara Taiko

The roots of the popular jazz fusion band Hiroshima are in pre-redevelopment Little Tokyo. Select group members discuss the sociological and cultural pulse of the early 1970s. Dan Kuramoto describes the political movements of the 1960s out of which Asian American music emerged, while June Kuramoto relates being ridiculed in her youth for playing the Japanese koto. Percussionist Johnny Mori delves into the influence of African American, Latino, and rock ‘n roll music on his art. The film goes beyond a mere profile of a band to investigate the core and influences of Asian American music.

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Music: Dan Kuramoto, Jess Acuna (congas), Peter Hata (guitar), David Iwataki (piano), June Kuramto (koto), Howard, Tsukamoto (bass), Carlos Vega (drums)

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Watch CRUISIN’ J-TOWN and PIECES OF A DREAM, and enjoy a conversation between Duane & Eddie.