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Pianist's plight plays out with jazz

She doesn't want to leave the area because she's come to love the performance opportunities and musicians she'll be playing with at Max London's. So in the meantime, she's trying to record a CD before her possible departure. That way, at least a part of her will remain behind.

"I've been thinking about it for the last couple of years because people have been asking me if I have a CD or plans to make one," said Kishimoto. "The big thing was the funding, the money part."

She's hoping to raise $5,000 to record the CD. Through the website www.kickstarter.com, she can set a target amount and people can donate toward that goal. There's a time limit, though, so if she doesn't reach $5,000 by the afternoon of May 22, she gets none of the money raised and it's all returned to the donors.

She has 22 original compositions she could record, although she's looking to pick about eight. She would feature other local musicians like Lee Russo on saxophone, Conor Meehan on drums and Mike Lawrence and Lou Smaldone on bass, all of whom will most likely make an appearance at Max London's some Saturday night.

The restaurant and bar on Broadway in Saratoga Springs hosted its first Saturday jazz night on April 23 and bookings coordinator and drummer Dave Berger expects it to continue.

"It was a great success and I'm booking all the Saturday nights," said Berger, who grew up in Saratoga, lived in New York City and just recently moved back home. "It's a great venue where the jazz community can go and do their thing."

After 10 years away from the area, Berger wanted a way for all his friends"who just happen to be jazz musicians"to get together and jam. That's where Max London's came in.

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