A Salute to the ‘Go For Broke’ Regiment

Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra

Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra (Photo: Kathy Sloane/Asian American Orchestra)

Anthony Brown’s life’s work has been to play jazz and highlight stories about Asian Americans. “Go for Broke” is a new piece dedicated to the 442nd Infantry Regiment, a unit made up of Japanese American volunteers, who served even though their families were locked up in U.S. internment camps. The timing is apt: 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Executive Order which forced more than 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans into internment camps. “Go For Broke” features the terrific storyteller and singer Brenda Wong Aoki, and her husband, Mark Izu, who plays bass and shō (a Japanese reed instrument). The Nov. 4 show is sold out, but the orchestra also performs the work at the Presidio on Nov. 11 in a free performance. Details here.

A Salute to the ‘Go For Broke’ Regiment 1 November,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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