This is the first of four articles, which will run throughout the next two weeks, profiling the headliners in CapitalBop’s D.C. Jazz Loft Series. Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up will play the series’ first show on Friday at the Fridge in Capitol Hill.
It was a sweltering evening in August of 1994 when Tomas Fujiwara arrived at the slightly cozy, slightly empty Rainy Days Café in Chelsea. The 17-year-old drummer was about to begin his freshman year of college, and it was just his second day in New York City.
“I don’t think there were that many people there,” Fujiwara said in a recent phone interview, remembering his first gig in the Big Apple. Not that that bothered him: “I was just so focused on playing the music and trying to keep it together.”
Fujiwara has called New York City home ever since, but his focus has moved well beyond trying to keep it together while playing standards; now he’s concerned with painting musical panoramas that peek past their own edges, challenging his comfort zone through composing and collaborating with like-minded experimenters. Continue reading