2017 Chicago Blues Festival Photos

Shoji and his band played at 2017 Chicago Blues Festival on June 11th.   It was a Shoji's CD "New Cool Old School" 's reunion show.  The show featured many of the artists who appeared on the CD, Willie Buck, Milwaukee Slim, Mark Fornek, Lee Kanehira, Marty Binder, Grant Kessler, Zoe Savage, and Gavin Tun.   

Thanks to Caroline Kessler and Steve Bass for the photos.

Posted on June 15, 2017 .

Blues’n In Bronzeville Event

Pre Blues Fest Event

Thursday, June 8th 6 pm start
Ellis Park Arts & Recreation Center - 3520 S. Cottage Grove Ave
Blues’n In Bronzeville


Blues’n In Bronzeville Poster



Posted on June 2, 2017 .

2016 Blues Blast Music Awards - New Artist Debut Album

"NEW COOL OLD SCHOOL" is nominated for

2016 Blues Blast Music Awards - New Artist Debut Album


2016 Blues Blast Music Award Nominations

Voting to determine the winners begins July 1, 2016. Voting is free and open to anyone who is a Blues Blast Magazine subscriber. You do not have to be a current subscriber to vote! You are automatically signed up as part of the voting process on our website if you are not currently a subscriber. Blues Blast Magazine subscriptions are always FREE!

2016 Blues Blast Music Awards Ceremonies – The 2016 Blues Blast Music Awards ceremonies will be held at The Fluid Events Center in Champaign, Illinois on September 23rd, 2016. The awards ceremony will feature music by the artists nominated. Tickets for the event will go

on sale in mid July at http://www.BluesBlastMagazine.com.


Vote before August 15 2016 Here!!


Posted on July 6, 2016 .

New CD "NEW COOL OLD SCHOOL" coming soon

Shoji 's new CD "NEW COOL OLD SCHOOL" will be available sometime early 2016

14 fine traditional Chicago blues tracks, featuring some of the greatest blues artists, Eddy Clearwater, Willie Buck, Katherine Davis, Milwaukee Slim, Erwin Helfer and more. recorded in 2015


NEW COOL OLD SCHOOL was recorded in June and July 2015 in Chicago.

Eddy Clearwater
Willie Buck
Katherine Davis
Milwaukee Slim
Erwin Helfer
Sumito “Ariyo” Ariyoshi
Rie “Lee” Kanehira
Billy Flynn
Gerry Hundt
Harlan Terson
Marty Binder
Mark Fornek
Grant Kessler


Here is a quote from CD's liner notes.

"When I booked the studio and invited the musicians, there was no “song list”. I simply asked everybody to sing and play music as if we were at one of the blues clubs in Chicago having fun as we always do.  We had a great time in the studio and kept recording one song after another. There were no second takes and almost no overdubs. After three days of sessions, we ended up with over forty tracks of high quality Chicago blues songs.

The hardest part of making this CD was to pick only fourteen tracks!

I invite you to close your eyes and enjoy the music by true Chicago blues masters. Imagine that you are at a small neighborhood bar in Chicago sitting down with friends, listening to the blues. "

Shoji Naito


Design by Grant Kessler grantkessler.com

Produced by Shoji Naito


Posted on November 30, 2015 .

Japan Tour 2014

Shoji will be playing nine shows with Rie "Lee" Kanehira  in Japan, between Oct 31 through Nov 9th.

Posted on September 14, 2014 .