SAKAI is one of the hottest ukulele artists in NYC and beyond. He began playing guitar as professional guitarist at Tokyo in 1989. He was performing at ”Blue Bard” that was one of famous cabaret in Kawasaki city in Japan. He moved to New York in 1995. Recently Sakai performs as a bossa nova artist and ukulele maestro as well as teaching classes for the next generation guitarists & ukulele players. Besides his energetic regular live performances, he has been recording albums. His latest "LINA&SAKAI" was released on January 1st 2015 and introduced on air at FM radio station WDIY.88.1. SAKAI has attended NY UKe Fest 2011 and 2013 to perform at concert and gave workshop.
SAKAI was born in Shizuoka Japan .
Began playing guitar as Professional
guitarist at Tokyo.
Had been playing various music around
Tokyo until in 1995.
SAKAI Was performing at ”Blue Bird” that was
one of famous cabaret in Kawasaki city
1995 Moved to Live in New York .
1997 Started to Play Blues
as SAKAI & HEAVY CLOUD
at The Wreck Room as Monthly Band.
1999 Started to teach
as SAKAI’s GUITAR LESSON.
2000 Performed Improvisation opera
with Nina at Washington Square Park.
Theam was Global warming isue.
2001 Started Duo Project with nice bassist
Toshi Someya also, Hiromasa Mizokguchi
and guitarist Eiji obata at Café Alyss
(Lary colyel joined as a guest guitarist. )
2002 SAKAI Conducted band and play guitar
and composed songs for Peace concert
at Martin Luther king Jr high school.
(as SGI -USA )
(Sunzo Ono ,Buster Wiliams, Lary Coryell,
Taro koyama etc)
2002 Played with Joe funato、 Eiji obata、
Takamichi Haru、 Yoriko Hasaegawa、
Yoko Kawaguch etc.
2002 Produced MIKI OJI Debut Concert
at café Del artiste
2003 Recorded SAKAI’s First Leader Mini Album
2003 Harem JAZZ BAND was broadcast
on "Zoom In Super"on TV NIIPON
which is famous Japanese TV channel.
2004 Performed with Joan Bender
at Hirokos Place
2004 Performed With Rio Tashima
2005 Started to Perform as Bossa Nova Artist
Released Bossa Nova CD
" The Good Life "in May
Performed Bossa Nova
at Wacoal Sport Party in June
Performed at CHOUX FACTORY in Village
Recorded Japanese Pops Singer
Yuka’s CD I’m so Happy in December
2006 Released Second Bossa Nova CD
'MEDITATION 'in June.
Released CD MERIENDA
*Sound Track of "Merienda" that played
as theater HARUKOBA's show
2006 Sakai was on Ny local Japanease News paper
Became Guitarist that member of AMICA BAND
Vocal ＆Keyboard amica,
Bass Danny Zanker,
Drums Billy ficca (Television)
AMICA BAND performed Xmas Concert
at ARUBA in December
2007 AMICA Performed At Pianos in February
SAKAI succeed Solo Concert
at QCC in Feburury.
SAKAI&MIKI succeed Concert
at QCC in March.
AMICA BAND at Pianos in May
Perform Cabaret show as Debuted Actor.
at MAXIM LOUNGE & KITAYA I in June
Played as Actor in Japanese Movie
Performed Reception MIEKO"s Party
Perform as Naturamica LIVE
at Aruba in August
At Side Walk Café in August
SAKAI Performed Bossa Nova
with Pete Luwis at Aruba
All Nite Jazz Festival
at Saint Pete’s Church
with Suzan Ruel in October
( Billy Talor,Benny Powell also attend
Pwerformed Bossa Nova With Prtrv Luwis
at Maxim in November
Performed SAKAI’s NEW Oiginal Songs
at Think Coffee in November
Performed at Party 'The Empty Bowl'
at Ozzi's Coffee & tea In December
Perform ed Bossa Nova at Port Authority
Sakai’s Original Songs&Bossa Nova
@Think Coffee in February
April Evellyn& Frienda Bossa nova Free Concert
Susan Rule Concert in May
by Fllashing Town Hall
＠The Pomonok Senior Center
＠The Flushing House
Performed with Flutist Rodorig every Saturday
at Lua de Juares inApril
SAKAI& THE BOSSA NOVA BREEZE in June
Yuri Yamashita, Percussion & Vocal
Rodrigo Bermudez , Flute
Evellyn Santos Bracy , Vocal
Live With Yuri@Luna de Juares in September
Gradation~Bossa Nova no kaze Recording
＠ODA RECRDING STUDIO
Every Monday Night performed
at Raobata Bar Qoo until
Performed until November 2011
Performed as Grand finale artist
at International peace concert
at Central Park By UN
LIVE＠Caffe Cielo in June
LIVE at ORTINE In July
JAPAN BENEFIT LIVE＠GIZZIS CAFFE inApril
Since March ,Performed with Keiji Yoshino
at Greenwichi Villege Bistro
Performed with R&B singer TOMOKO In June
Original Album Gradation ~bossa Nova Nokaze released
on i-tunes,Amazon,Cdbaby on October 1st
Concert with Yoichiro Oda who is Sakai,s producer
at TomiJazz as CD release concert
Perfomed at Orchanrd House Cafe in October 17th
Fm Radio station start to play SAKAI,s music on WDIY.881 in October
Since that day Sakai,s music is always playing on that radio program Jazz Factory.
Performed regularly ＠Tomi Jazz in November
sakai was introduced on Jazzcorner.com.
Sakai introduces at All About Jazz
Sakai,s music directed play “Akizakura” at Tokyo ShinjyukuTainy Arise Thater Harukoba onDecember 7 to 11
X,mas Concert＠Tommijazz on1 7th
New Years Live With Keiji yoshino&Ippei ichimaru ＠Ido Sushi
New Years Live at Tomi Jazz
New Years concert at Orchard House Cafe
Sakai on air in Japan Fm radio station.
Hiroko no heya
Performed at WAH Center (Williamsburg Art & Historical Center) in March
Start to Performed at Greenwich village Bistro monthly every Friday Live music to 2014
performed at Ortine in May
Become NEW YORK CITY RECORDS artist in May
NY Ukulele festival performed at New York Society for Ethical Culture in June
Perform at Udon west start in May (Ever Tuesday)
Performed and gave workshop New York Ukulele Festival 2013 in June
Lina&Sakai Concert at Willowby Plaza Downtowm Brooklyn by MMN inJune
Sakai&The bossa nova breeze
Ippei Ichimaru Percussion8 Bass ,Sanshin,Ukulele..
Keiji Yoshino Bass& Guitar&Ukulele
Rozanna weinberg Viola&Violin at NYCC July 19th
It was 25years anniversary of music life ..
First time performed as Kaz&Sakai's Duo Live at Any way Cafe In October 28
UKE HUT Presents special Showcase
Special guest by SAKAI at sage theater at Times Square November 11th.
Start every Tuesday night SAKAI's Bossa Nova Night@Kuboya 12/1
Performed at ChoGa in December
Performed Every Tuesday Kubota
Lina&Sakai Recording 16 March starts
Concert with YUICHIRO ODA & SATOSHI OSAWA LIVE at The Cutting Room,June 18
Bossa Nova live at The Tokyo Tapas Cafe start July
Hiroshima Peace memorial day performing with ippei at Union square in Augunst
Ukulele shop Ukehut grand opening party 10/31
Lina&Sakai Special Live at The Fifth Estate Bar November 13
Start work at ukehut Every Tuesday since November 11
X,mas special concert with Lina&Sakai Cd relese concert December 11at Ukehut.
X,was special concert with Eishin Nose December 17 ukehut.
Ukehut Concert series produce by SAKAI starts on January.
Morio Agata Concert with Eishin&Sakai at Ukehut 1/5 ay Ukehut
Eishin&Sakai duo Concert at Ukehut 1/14 at Ukehut
Kaz&Sakai performed at Tapeira other Fridays on February.
Lina&Saki FM radio debut on at Wdiy.881.1
Duo with Nobuki Takkamen 2/2 at ukehut
Kaz&Sakai 2/21 at Ukehut
Duo With Haruna Fukazawa 2/25 au ukehut
Starts Performed with Bret Roberts on February 23rd at Anyway cafe.
Duo with Ippei Ichimaru 3/11 at Ukehut.
Duo withMina Harada
Formed Sakai Super Trio in April
Starts Saturday Night Showcase by Sakai in May (still happen now 2020 February)
My musician who performed with my concerts.
Perform with Ayumi Takita at Strawberry Fialds at Central Park as Hiroshima 70,s anniversary peace event. 8/5
Ever Saturday nigh,Every 2,3rd Wednesday Concert at Ukehut.
Regular Musician and singers
Kaz&Sakai(Kazmogroove), Haruna Fukazawa,Nobuki Takamen(Sakai Super Trio),Eiko Rikuhashi,Eishin Nose. Shu Odamura.Chie Monoe.
Lina Villegas,Miki Yokoyama,Ms marie,Akemi Yamada, Eva Kano,Aya Morita,Meg Bless.
Performed with Shu Odamura 1/30
Performed with Chie Monoe 6/18
Performed with Meg Bless 7/30
Every Saturday Night showcase at 8:08pm at Ukehut
New artist sakai perform with:
Officially Become Astria Caractor
The Highwater Gig starts
Every Wednesday night 7:30pm to 10pm The Higwater
Ukehut Saturday night Showcase continue!!!
No Live Music bec
Every Satutday 7:30pm~
Online Live from Ukehut.
Venue &Event Place/
Chicago Blues ,Mannys Car Wash, Smalls
Cleopatra's Needle, The Elbow Room ,
The Wreck room,Café Alyss, The Corner ,
Café del artista,Caravan of Dream, NAMA,
C-note ,Crudo Bar .Maxim lounge, Kitaya, Ortine.
Cielo,NYCC, NYQ, Hiroko's Place ,Pianos, ARUBA,
Think Coffee, Luna de Juares,Carnegie Hall, CHoga,Ido Sushi,G
Madison Square garden , cafearise
Sage theater,Coffed,Tapaira,Anyway cafe,UdonWest,
Ukehut,Grenwchi Village Bistro,Kuboya,Tapas Bar. La Flor.
Win bar.Ethical Curtual Center.The Highwater.Beans&Lager.
Astoria Brock Party,KafumanArt district Fes.
,Union Square Park, Washington Square Park,
Central Park, Battery Park, Prospect Park ,
Side Walk Cafe,
JAZZ FACTORY at WDIY.org
EVERY OTHER THURSDAY9PM~11PM