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  June 2007  

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hiroshimaSmitty:  Yeah, very cool. Dan, I highly recommend this record.  I think your fans will love this record, I think not only jazz fans, but fans of music in general because it’s just great music.  It just falls under so many elements and I just love that whole eclectic mix of music and I think people enjoy that.  They don’t wanna hear the same thing over and over, they don’t wanna hear the same kind of song all the time, and I think you guys nailed it with this record.

DK:  Well, Smitty, man, what can I say?  All I can say is that we came into music because of the passion and inspiration it had given us just growing up listening, being enriched by it, and it’s our time to try to do it our small way, and I mean this in a very small way, to give back some inspiration to folks so they can listen and go on a journey.

Smitty: Beautiful.

DK:  That hopefully it’s fresh and it’s a journey that hits the heart, but to me there’s a lot on this record that’s fun.  It’s also one of my most fun records.

Smitty:  Yes.  Now, the record comes out….

DK:  May 22nd.

Smitty:  All right. And you guys are lining up some tour dates and all that good stuff?

DK:  Yeah, we’re doing that now.  We’re trying to figure out our East Coast tour and stuff like that, but our managers and agents work on that.

Smitty:  Right, and people can keep up with where you guys are and what you’re doing on your Web site, right?

DK:  Yeah, which is

Smitty:  All right.

DK:  Yeah, and actually we’re just finishing up, so if people are interested in this record, there’s stories about every song; why we wrote it and the whole nine behind all of that. And what inspired us and things like that, and all of that will be forthcoming on the site within the next two weeks.

Smitty:  Very cool, man, and I love that category you guys got, “Cool Stuff” on your site.  You’ve got some recipes.  I remember that.  I always look at those recipes, man.

DK:  Oh yeah, I’m not saying that it’s the world’s greatest, but our band is a family.  Every time we get together to rehearse, whatever it is, sit around, have a meal, sit at the table together and eat and talk. You know what I’m saying?  You know that vibe?

Smitty:  I do.

DK:  I think that’s real, real important. The recipes on the site, they’ve been heavy tested by this band.

Smitty:  (Laughs.)

DK:  This band has been known to, without exaggerating, do tour routing based on places we like to eat.

Smitty:  (Laughs.)  You know what?  That’s my kind of band.

DK:  That’s what I’m talking about.  “Red Beans and Rice,” we’re not joking, okay? In fact, yeah, and you go to Crescent City, we like to go to Mother’s. You name the city, we got a joint.

Smitty:  (Laughs.)

DK:  Or a joint or two.

Smitty:  (Laughs.)

DK:  Sometimes we go to Los Barrios, you know what I mean?  We got our spots in every city. So all I’m saying is all our recipes are for real down and they’ve been cooked many times and tested out by the band or they don’t get on the Web site.

Smitty:  (Laughs.)  They’re proven effective if they’re on the site, huh?

DK:  (Laughs.)  At least by us, anyway.

Smitty:  Well, that’s cool, man, because not everybody puts stuff like that on there.  It’s food, you know?  And that’s something we all identify with, especially if it’s good food, it’s great recipes. And I’m like you. When I go into a city, I’m looking for the good restaurants and if it’s good, I’m coming back.

DK:  Thank you!  (Laughs.) It’s like Terry Steele, who had sung with us until the last two records, because he’s doing this Remembering Luther, the musical.

Smitty:  Yeah.

DK:  Our last rehearsal he called me and said “Man, I need some turkey chili.”  (Both laugh.)  And plus everybody who’s been in the band is family, so nobody ever leaves altogether. Everyone always comes back.  So Terry still does shows with us or even if he’s not announced he’ll pop in on the show or stuff like that and it’s all family. I mean, it’s literally “I need to come back and see the family and I need me some turkey chili.”  (Both laugh.)  So it’s a band that plays music on their stomach.  (Both laugh.)

Smitty:  That is so cool, man.  You’ve got a lot of other great things on your site. I like that whole page on “From the Road.”  There’s photos and all kinds of good things.  It talks about where you guys have been and what you’re up to. It’s a great site.

DK:  Oh, thank you.  Like I say, by the beginning of June we’re gonna update it about 70% ‘cause it occurred to us that we took about 500 shots when we were in South Africa and there aren’t any on the Web site. We’re gonna update it, but thanks for mentioning our site because it’s our way to dialogue with folks who happen to like our particular kind of music.

Smitty:  Yeah.  Absolutely, my friend.  Well, Dan, once again, I want to congratulate you and thank you for this great record that we all can enjoy and look forward to everyone getting their copy and I look forward to seeing you guys on the road again too.

DK:  Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, no, absolutely, absolutely, and we hope to get out and really have a chance to kind of explore with folks our music because we know it’s a little different and we know that different is not exactly in right now, but we’re committed to doing it because, like I say, that’s what we came in on.

Smitty:  Absolutely, my friend.

DK:  And we believe that that’s what we were put on the planet for, and we’ve been so blessed because we’ve gone, let’s see now, 27 years and always had a record deal, always had the opportunity to tour, and you just saw the band.  I mean, this band is fresher and more energetic than ever.

Smitty:  Yeah, yeah.

DK:  because we’re so blessed and we have such a great time and our audiences are so giving to us. Our audiences inspire us.

Smitty:  Yes, man oh man, and that’s a cool thing, it really is. All right, we’ve been talking with the great Dan Kuramoto, here representing Hiroshima, their great new record, it’s called Little Tokyo.  Ladies and gentlemen, I highly recommend this record.  Dan, thanks again so much and best of everything with the record and your career.

DK:  Thank you.  We wish everyone peace and joy.


Baldwin “Smitty” Smith