Katsumi Jazz Violin
Katsumi Jazz Violin

Katsumi Jazz Violin

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Introduction: Hi, I am a Manhattan NYC area based Jazz musician for your event. I became a professional when I was 16y with determined heart to be a LIVE Performer, not an YouTuber. I play your favorite songs & favorite genre(s) of music by my old Italian violin. I was a "MTV" watcher during 80's so am an American pops friendly person. About Jazz music, I am so rare who has skill to improvise beautiful bebop style of solos by violin ( influenced by Dr. Barry Harris ). Seeing people's smile is my job. Please contact with me for any questions! ( Katsumi joined Thumbtack website in Autumn 2021 : ⚕ fully & booster vaccinated ) :Profile: 🎻Katsumi W. Ferguson ( soloist violinist / music arranger / music educator / piano accompanist ) A native of Fukuoka, Japan, Katsumi W. Ferguson began her violin studies at the age of 2 . She began her professional career as a violinist and piano accompanist from the age of 16. She freelanced extensively with various professional orchestras throughout Japan. She started her pop music, jazz music career at weekly gigs at the restaurants when she was 18. She also has experience performing Hip-hop music with professional Hip-hop dancers during 2006- 2008 in Japan. Katsumi had worked at TMC Tokyo Music Center ( event music management company ) as a violin soloist and performed at bridal ceremonies & parties over a thousand times. Katsumi moved to New York City in 2008. She was the regular member of Dr. Barry Harris Jazz Orchestra & choral organized by Dr. Barry Harris. She performed with Dr. Barry Harris as the member of string quartet performer at “Jazz In The Park” Music Festival in Peekskill, NY, Summer on 2019. She mastered both, how to improvise / how to read the music. (お問い合わせは、日本語でも対応いたします。お気軽にどうぞ!) :::: Set List :::: I play your request based music, but here are a little bit of my current repertory info. 🍷Jazz = standard and some bebop - hard bop tunes such like Donna Lee, or any standards ; All Of Me, La Vie En Rose, Cheek To Cheek, Easy Loving, Giant Steps, Body and Soul, Fly Me To The Moon, Misty, Satin Doll, There Will Never Be Another You, Con Alma, My Little Suede Shoes, Ceora, On Green Dolphin Street, Autumn Leaves, It Might As Well Be Spring, I Didn't Know What Time It Was, Up Jumped Spring, Vicissitudes, Boplicity, April Joy, All Blues, Dig, Dance Of The Infidels, Peace, Quasimodo, Nascimento, Crazeology, Cheese Cake, Aisha, Night And Day, Everything Happens To Me, Days Of Wine And Roses, Virgo, Freight Trane, Tricotism, Epistrophy, Bluesette, and more. For you, I prepare Anything you want me to play. I love jazz so much but also love following below, too.... 🍿Pop music old fashioned to new= A Thousand Years, Perfect by Ed Sheeran, Best Part , So Into You, Stay With Me, When We Were Younger, How Long Will I Love You, Despacito, Havana, Game of Thrones, Sara, Killing Me Softly With His Song, Time After Time, Let It Be, Yellow Submarine, Norwegian Wood, The Sound Of Silence, and more.. You can request besides those ,too even I have never heard that. I am a dictator for your request song. 🇧🇷Bossanova classy instrumental sound = The Girl From Ipanema ( Garota de Ipanema ) , Look To The Sky, Sabia, How Insensitive, Zingaro, Corcovado, One Note Samba, Desafinado, A Felicidade, Manha De Carnaval, Meditation, Luiza, Outra Vez, So Nice, So Danço Samba, Wave, etc... 🍔A little Rock music with improvisation - Hard rock = Layla, Free Bird, Paradise City, Aeroplane, Sunshine Of Your Love, etc.. I have these fewer repertory than other genres though Love to hear & play. 🎶Classical Music = Fritz Kreisler's Syncopation , Rosemary, Glazunov: Meditation, Op. 32, G. Faure's Sicilienne, Fauré: Andante, Op. 75, Massenet: Thaïs: Méditation, Bach double concert , Satie Je te veux, many repertories are inside of my heart by memories. Please let me know about your request. 🇯🇵J-pop = Old fashioned to some anime songs. Ask me about your favorite one. I love playing " Dreams Come True " , " Hibari Misora ", " Pink Lady" , " Seiko Matsuda" etc.. I also love to play Yoshinao Nakada's songs and a lot of traditional songs. Please choose from those category. If you have suggestions, I am openminded to learn with respect. Thank you, Katsumi

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Mferghu F.
Nov 13, 2021
I consider Ms. Katsumi an astounding musician and a complete joy to work with. Ms. Katsumi has a very strong command of the contemporary technology used in the preparation of audio tracks and visual music scores. Her preparation of the material made it very easy to learn unfamiliar repertoire very quickly. Ms. Katsumi has a gift for being able to judge the mood of an event's audience and then choose the right musical selection to create a wonderful musical experience.
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Thank you so much! You made my day !!
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1 month ago
Katsumi played at my wedding day beautifully! I am so glad that I hired her for such a special day! :) Thank you so much Katsumi!!
Katsumi Jazz Violin's reply
Thank you so much, Luis ❣
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Michele S.
Nov 9, 2021
Katsumi and her ensembles are a delight. Lovely sound and flexibility with genres.
Katsumi Jazz Violin's reply
Michele, Thank you so much for wonderful review!! :) Katsumi
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Frank M.
Dec 19, 2021

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Lovely evening

Details: Holiday party • 26 - 50 guests • 51 or older • Other strings • Variety • Other

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Thank you so much❣️🎻🎶
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    The fixed fees are various : depends on how long is the event, what kind of event, and how far from my area. Basically, my fixed price is already discounted but you can ask more discount if the event or the gigs are weekly / monthly basis. The fee includes music performance, music management cost ( if hired as a band ), transportation fee, music rehearsal fee etc..

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I ask the customer to make more detailed agreement of what music genre(s) / songs they would like to have, how much will the performance gig costs, and then we make pdf contract with confirmed detail. Customer will pay 20% ~25% of deposit when they book me. ( refundable if the musician failed to show up for any reasons ) Before the event date, I send reminder to customer , then the musician(s) show up to the venue for setup 15minutes before the event as latest, then we play the music for them!

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I attended / graduated music college in Japan. Before that education, I'd already started working as professional musician as a piano accompanist & coach for Suzuki method violin school. I've hired at several professional orchestras as a substitute player in Japan. About Jazz music, I took Dr. Barry Harris Jazz workshop held in Japan & New York City.

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