Twelve Perfomances. (Approximately) 18,194 miles. Twelve days, 7.5 hours.
Jose, along with his son, Jonnie and his Band covered a lot of ground in just over two weeks in order, primarily, to be able to bring their music to Mainland China for the very first time. In doing so, they performed more concerts while traveling more miles in the shortest amount of time than he ever had before in his career.
Jose has always enjoyed visiting the Far East; he’s been all over Japan countless times, and has performed in Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Malaysia. And despite his frequent visits over the last 50 years, he’d never stepped foot onto the Mainland, the People’s Republic of China.
“It was a thrill for me to play for the people of China. I’ve always wanted to go there and I have to admit I was surprised that they knew me! They sold out the Blue Note in Beijing and were happy hear me play live for them.”
The Blue Note Tokyo had become a popular, yet comfortable, place for Jose to visit, staying several days while enjoying the Nippon Culture. It was this relationship with the franchise that helped to make it possible for Jose and his Friends to gain an invitation to also appear in Beijing, the Capital of China.
The ambitious Blue Note Tour consisted of a trio of venues, beginning in Tokyo, where some Feliciano Fans attended all six shows and where Jonnie, the band’s drummer as well as tour manager, was serenaded by Dad and his audience in celebration of his 28th birthday. Then they continued to Beijing and finally, to Hawaii, where the audiences there in paradise were clearly geared-up and in party mode. It was a perfect venue to heat-up with the last 4 sold-out shows and,at the same time, wind down, in the air of Waikiki.
The last leg of the 18,000-plus miles traveled in about 12 1/2 days, brought to a close another chapter in Jose’s long and distinguished touring career. “Playing for the people of China had always been on my bucket list but I’m happy to be back home in the States. I’m in the middle of a new album and I was was anxious to get back to finish it up on schedule.
“Recording together again with Rick Jarrard is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time now in my life; it’s another bucket-list experience, if you will. It’s been extraordinary for us, working together in the studio and creating some music that’s not only making us feel great — and it is — but hopefully, will bring some peace and joy into the lives of those who listen to it, as well. It’s taking on a ‘Music Heals’ persona as it’s coming together, man. I’m loving it.
“Yeah, it’s all good.”