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July 25, 2013

Couple to host jazz performance

Tom Morgan and Erna McReynolds will open their home at 1077 Otsego Road in Franklin for the 10th year for “At Home At Tom and Erna’s.” The summer brunch music concert featuring Steinway Piano Artist Kayo Hiraki and jazz vocalist Andrea Wolper, accompanied by Ken Filiano on bass, and Kaori Yamada on drums will be offered at noon Sunday, July 28.

Hiraki was born in Japan, the daughter of a classical pianist. A child prodigy, she started playing the piano when she was 3 years old and the violin a year later. In 1988, while captivating the New York jazz scene, she began studying with world-renowned pianist Barry Harris and later studied with the great Larry Ham.  She has released five albums since 1997, which feature her piano and vocal talents. She performs five nights a week at Arturo’s in Greenwich Village, Cleopatra’s Needle, Tomi-Jazz and other venues in New York City, as well as embarking on her international tour in Japan and Europe every year.

Wolper, a jazz vocalist, songwriter, improviser and teacher, tours nationally and internationally. Her most recent CD, “Parallel Lives,” received several “best of the year” honors. 

A $15 to $20 suggested donation goes to pay the musicians, and the brunch and beverages are free. The concert setting is intimate, but the music can be heard outside as well, through an additional outdoor sound system. The grounds will be open during the concert. For directions and more information, visit robhuntmusic.com and click up Summer Concert Series, or call 376-1313 or 434-0798. The donation will be collected at the door, there are no “tickets” for this event. 

These concerts have been produced by Rob Hunt, and the proceeds from the door go directly to the musicians. 

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