the piano jazz band H ZETTRIO

If you’re afraid of clowns then H ZETTRIO might not be the best way to start your Monday morning. The piano jazz trio differentiate themselves in clown-type fashion by appearing on stage with blue, red and silver-painted noses. Their antics also can be circus like as the three jump around on stage and perform explosive, upbeat renditions and originals.

If you follow the Japanese jazz scene you might recognize Masayuki Hiizumi (the blue nose) from the jazz band Pe’z. He was one of the original members and is where he connected with Ringo Sheena and later joined her band Tokyo Jihen. He formed H ZETTRIO in 2012 with the goal of establishing a piano trio that could “make kids and adults laugh and dance.”

The group’s latest single “NEWS” which comes out April 5th

The trio put out their 3rd album late last year and are currently touring Japan as part of their Piano Craze Crazy Tour. Their live performances look particularly wild and fun! They’re doing a special performance in May just for kids, which sounds awesome. (never mind, it’s sold out)

Like what you hear? You can find more of their music on YouTube. H ZETTRIO is also on Twitter and Facebook. And be sure to check out our other Music Monday picks.