PE'Z

PE'Z

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Ohyama”B.M.W”Wataru(Tp)
ヒイズミマサユ機(Key)
航(Dr)
Nirehara Masahiro(Wb)
Kadota”JAW”Kousuke(Sax)

1999年に結成された5人組ジャズバンド。
ライブハウスやクラブに加え、渋谷などでストリートライブを定期的に開催する。2001年に初のミニアルバム「pe’z」をインディーズレーベルからリリース。翌2002年にはメジャーデビューも果たし、同時にイベント や野外フェスへの出演を通して知名度を獲得する。海外でのライブも積極的に行い、世界をまたにかけロック魂あふれるジャズサウンドを響かせている。
結成10周年を迎えた2009年には、彼らの楽曲を他のアーティストがカバーする初のトリビュートアルバム「NOT JAZZ!! BUT PE’Z!!! 〜10TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE TO PE’Z〜」が発表された。 2011年9月にアルバム「向日葵-Himawari」を全曲無料配信する“合法ダウンロード”企画を実施し、大きな話題を集める。2012年2月に無料配信アルバム第2弾「OH! YEAH!PARTY!!」を、同年12月に第3弾となる「JumpUP!」の配信をもって終了することになった。
常に時代の変化と新しい価値観を先取りしながら突っ走る侍5人衆。

4月に東京からスタートした全国ツアー『PE’Z REALIVE TOUR 2013 ~ JumpUP! ~』にて、「ご当地SONGカバー企画」を立ち上げ、日本を「音楽で元気にしたい」という熱い想いから、 全国各地でPEʼ Zのアレンジによって生まれ変わった地元(ふるさと)に馴染みのある曲を1曲ずつ披露し、ファンから「作品化」を望む声が多数寄せられたため、6/26に「故郷のジャズ」のリリースが決定。夏には『SAPPORO CITY JAZZ EZO Groove 2013』や『OKINAWA PEACEFUL LOVE Rock Festival』、『SUMMER SONIC 2013』等といった、全国の大型フェスティバルに出演し、初の真夏の単独公演“納涼大音頭2013”を東京・日比谷野外音楽堂にて行うことが決定している


PE’Z, dubbed as the “Jazz instrumental Band of the 21st Century,” “Samurai Jazz Warriors,” and “The Nippon Jazz Band,” consists of five members : Ohyama “B.M.W” Wataru (tp), Kadota “Jaw” Kousuke (sax), Nirehara Masahiro (wood bass), Hiizumi Masayuki (pf, key, vo) and Kou (dr).

Prior to starting “PE’Z,” the leader and trumpet player Ohyama “B.M.W” Wataru had already made several appearances in the world of music, including in the BEN FOLDS FIVE Japan Tour ’99. Both he and the saxophone player, Kadota “JAW” Kousuke, are former satellite members of the Japanese soul and funk band COOL DRIVE (formerly known as “cool drive makers”).

They play a large variety of music, including Rock, Latin, Samba, and Jazz, growing them together with extraordinary sounds.

PE’Z began their music careers playing live on the streets of Shibuya in the center of Tokyo during the summer of 2000. Shortly after that, they gained a high popularity among men and women of all ages by word of mouth and they began pulling in large crowds which would sometimes total up to more than 1000.

Their live performances are energetic, enthusiastic, and always a lot of fun, that is one of the biggest reasons why the tickets to see their shows are always sold out. Furthermore, each player’s great skill combined with an amazingly unique sense is the source of their eclectic style which is widely acclaimed by people of all ages.

Their demo tape did well in the charts and their first mini album [pe'z] which was released in the beginning of 2001, still has large sales constantly. It immediately reached #1 on the independent chart at SHIBUYA TOWER RECORDS, overtaking lots of famous Rock, R&B, and Hip Hop artists. At this point, their stardom was already quite clearly on the rise. Their intensively unique sound has led the band to success.

Some of the songs in their albums are the famous jazz standards arranged by PE’Z, and others are their own original songs which show the group’s brand new style and unique song writing abilities.

In just a few short years, this small group of hopeful young Japanese musicians have accomplished great feats. Each year they were asked to perform in numerous music festivals, all of which are major events in Japan such as “FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL” “Mt. FUJI JAZZ FESTIVAL” ” and “RISING SUN ROCK FESTIVAL” etc…

 
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