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Arthur Fowler

The Artist
Arthur Fowler found his groove as a teenaged Jimi Hendrix emulator on the
East Side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and matriculated to the blues jam scene in the
early 1980s. He played original music with jazz diva Kelley Johnson, a fellow student at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and studied with virtuoso guitarist, innovator, and educator, Jack Grassel.
In college town cover bands and jazz jams, while studying literature and languages, Arthur collaborated with the likes of band leader Mark Schlaefer. He joined acclaimed vocalist Eva Denia’s first jazz ensemble as she was beginning her career in Valencia, Spain, and neighboring resort cities on the Mediterranean coast. In Valencia, Arthur also studied with one of Spain’s top jazz guitarists, Joan Soler.
Arthur is now playing jazz, blues, and pop in Tokyo (Shinjuku) in various settings including regularly with soulful vocalist Noriko Shigehara as the Shake It Hard Band. Arthur’s other Tokyo scene includes one of Tokyo’s foremost Irish fiddlers, multi-instrumentalist Jim Ediger, with bassist Alan Gleason in the acoustic folk and rock band AJA.
Arthur keeps mining his sound from his long time interests in Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, psychedelic icon Jerry Garcia, and Latino megastar Carlos Santana. His songwriting may evoke Neil Young, or James Taylor, but his vocal style also draws on classic sounds like Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday.
Arthur is available for bookings in the greater Tokyo area (and beyond) as a solo performer, session artist, or band member.