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The song Kaoru and Sentaro are playing on the piano in ep 1 in the basement is called Moanin by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

Art Blakey is an influential musicain for Sentaro's playing style on the drums.

The first song you see Kaoru playing on the piano is "claire de lune" by Claude Achilles Debussy. Kaoru is also animated playing the correct keys.

As Kaoru plays the piano he calls upon Bill Evens, a famous jazz pianist, for helping him correctly play Someday My Prince Will Come.

Ritsuko and Kaoru listen to the song My Favorite Things from the Sound of Music at 8:43 in ep 6. John Coltrane recorded a jazz cover that became very popular.

Matsuoka gives Sentaro a Beatles record seen at 13:18 in ep 6. This is probably why he has a mushroom like hairstyle.

All the episode titles are titles of real jazz songs or songs that have jazz covers: Moanin' (album by jazz band Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers); Summertime (song by pianist Goerge Gershwin); Someday My Prince Will Come (a song by Larry Morey and Frank Churchill that was covered by jazz pianist Bill Evans and many others); But Not For Me (song by Ira Gershwin and pianist Goerge Gershwin); Lullaby of Birdland (a song by George David Weiss and jazz pianist George Shearing); You Don't Know What Love is (a song by Don Raye and Gene de Paul that was covered by Jazz singer Chet Baker); Now's the Time (a song by jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker); These Foolish Things (a song by Eric Maschwitz and Jack Strachey that was covered by jazz musicians Nat King Cole and Chet Baker and others); Love Me or Leave Me (a song by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn that was covered by jazz musicians Miles Davis Johnny Dankworth and others); In a Sentimental Mood (a composition by jazz pianist Duke Ellington); Left Alone (album by jazz pianist Mal Waldron); All Blues (a composition by jazz musician Miles Davis).

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