At the forefront of Brooklyn’s burgeoning big band scene, the Japanese-born
composer Asuka Kakitani has attracted some of New York’s finest jazz artists
with her adventurous, melodically charged charts. After several years of
regular performances around New York City, the dynamically supple 18-piece
Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra makes a stunning debut with Bloom, due out
January 26 on Nineteen-Eight Records.
Outside of Lincoln Center, virtually all jazz orchestras exist as a labor of love.
Kakitani has fostered the necessary dedication among her peers with writing
so bright, vivid and personal that it inspires some of New York’s leading
improvisers to wondrously expressive heights