Neil Billington (from New Zealand), Aki Kiyota, Kazu Tada & Kazutomo Imatake

2019 / 10 / 26 (Sat)
Live House:
COCO PALM - Nishi-Ogikubo
Open Time:
Start Time:
Door Price:
3000 yen + Min. 2 orders
Pay at the door
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Neil Billington (from New Zealand), Aki Kiyota, Kazu Tada & Kazutomo Imatake


Neil Billington Japan Tour 2019  

  (promotional clip on YouTube)

The Kiwi harmonica wizard/singer, Neil Billington, will be back in Japan this October!
Some of you may remember seeing him perform at the 2016 Live Magic festival (hosted by Mr. Peter Barakan). Last year he was a guest harmonica player at the chromatic and diatonic harmonica contests sponsored by the Japanese Hohner distributor, Moridaira Gakki.
Please come see him live and enjoy his absolutely awesome performances.

Neil Billington plays with one of the most popular jazz trios in town: Aki Kiyota (guitar), Kazu Tada (bass) and Kazutomo Imatake (drums). A few years back, they played together to a full house at the Sweet Rain in Nakano. You will be amazed at how fantastic harmonica jazz is. You will never be disappointed and it is definitely worth the money!

■ Neil Billington has shown he is one of the leading exponents of the harmonica to come out of New Zealand, and combines a rare capacity for the traditional blues harmonica and the less typical chromatic harmonica. He is equally at home whether playing in the ‘Chicago-style’ of Little Walter, or the more sophisticated jazz sensibilities of the Belgian jazz great, Jean ‘Toots’ Thielemans. Neil has appeared with everyone from NZ jazz maestro Rodger Fox's big band, through to jazz combos and electric blues bands, and folk and roots groups. Neil's own band, The Neil Billington Band, is a regular favourite in NZ's capital city, Wellington. Billington covers a range of genres, from old-time pre-war blues, through all the great Chicago blues harp masters, to the ballads of the American song-book and the jazz standards of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. His is a remarkable versatility on a demanding instrument, showing at times a formidable virtuosity with a deep soulfulness that comes from playing the music he loves. The most typical response he draws from fans at his performances is – “I didn’t know the harmonica could sound like that!” ■

For more details, please see the following Facebook page:

Live House

Live House:
2F, 3-1-9 Nishiogi-Kita, Suginami-ku
Address (Japanese):
Map link:
Closest stations:
JR Nishi-Ogikubo


COCO PALM is a unique primarily jazz venue that serves live music (in various genres such as jazz, Brazilian, pops, classical, and more) and fine Japanese dishes and various kinds of Sake.

It’s only a minute walk from the north exit of the JR Nishi-Ogikubo station (turn left in front of the Koban police box). It’s on the 2nd floor of the building on the left (across from the Moss Burger restaurant).



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