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Ayako Shirasaki

Recognized in her native Japan as a jazz prodigy (in the 5th grade she was already transcribing Bud Powell solos), Ayako Shirasaki while yet a pre-teen won many prizes including the Grand Prize at the Asakusa Jazz Competition. Her professional career began at the tender age of twelve when she began regular appearances at the "J" jazz club in Tokyo. Her extraordinary talent was soon recognized, and she was featured in Swing Journal.

Extremely versatile, Ayako majored in classical music at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and performed as a classical pianist for several years after graduation. But the love of the jazz idiom instilled by her father from the age of five won out, and Ayako soon returned to her first love, winning in 1995 second prize in the prestigious First Annual Heineken Jazz Competition.

NEWS: EVENT

Great Tastes Meet Good Taste At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Jazz Brunch Every Sunday

Great Tastes Meet Good Taste At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Jazz Brunch Every Sunday

Promoting both individual and communal expression, Jazz is a particularly American art form. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, in association with Jazz producer Joe Donofrio, have prepared a full-spectrum Jazz brunch experience; where contemporary and classic Jazz will mingle with the sounds of culinary satisfaction at the hotel’s brand new Hard Rock Cafe for ...

Some Other Time

Label: Jan Matthies Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Sunrise; 3 Steps Forward; Yosaku; Some Other Time; Oleo; April In Paris; My Man’s Gone; Long Ago and Far Away; Sophisticated Lady; Antagata Dokosa; Peace of Mind; Hope

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ayako Shirasaki: Some Other Time

Read "Some Other Time" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but the creator also has a hell of a lot to do with it when it comes to the arts. Every musical performance leaves certain items open for debate for and from those on the receiving end, but some things remain irrefutable because of those on the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Pianist Ayako Shirasaki Releases New Trio CD "Some Other Time"

Pianist Ayako Shirasaki Releases New Trio CD "Some Other Time"

Jazz pianist Ayako Shirasaki residing in NY, USA released her new trio CD Some Other Time on August 28, 2013 on Jan Matthies Records (JMR 201301). On Some Other Time Ayako combines the hard swinging bebop language of Bud Powell with the sophisticated harmonic elegance of Bill Evans, but with a brilliant creativity all her own ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ayako Shirasaki: Some Other Time

Read "Some Other Time" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

There is a certain sublime pleasure in the simplicity of the trio playing piano, bass and drums. The Ayako Shirasaki trio's approach is straightforward and straight ahead jazz at it's best. Blending both traditional and original compositions, Shirasaki is a nimble and facile pianist who knows how to swing like Bud Powell, one of her musical ...

NEWS: EVENT

A Jazz Piano Celebration, April 4, 2013: Alan Broadbent, Ayako Shirasaki, Boris Netsvetaev, Wolfgang Schlüter Quartet, Hammer Klavier Trio

A Jazz Piano Celebration, April 4, 2013: Alan Broadbent, Ayako Shirasaki, Boris Netsvetaev, Wolfgang Schlüter Quartet, Hammer Klavier Trio

Jan Matthies Music Management is celebrating its 5th birthday, dedicating the evening to Solo Jazz Piano and Trio. The artists of Jan Matthies Music Management all come together at the prestigious Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Germany. 20.00 – 20.30 Alan Broadbent, solo & trio “one of the greatest living jazz pianists" – The Los Angeles Times about ...

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Ayako Shirasaka - Sakura Sakura - Un Poco Loco - Celia w/ Dodo Moroni

Featuring the music of Ayako Shirasaki
Duration: 04:53

Jazz Pianist Ayako Shirasaki performing at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL at the Piano - Piano Off-Stage on November 22, 2011 in Switzerland. "...a highly enjoyable album by a new jazz star in the making." - The New York City Jazz Record (formerly AllAboutJazz-NewYork), Sept 2010 about her current album --Falling Leaves Live in Hamburg-- "Sakura Sakura" - Japanese Traditional "Un Poco Loco" - Bud Powell and a duo with Dado Moroni "Celia" - Bud Powell Dado Moroni http://www.myspace.com/dadomoroni Ayako Shirasaki is an artist of Jan Matthies Music Management http://www.janmatthies.com BOOKING [email protected]
NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Pianist Ayako Shirasaki: Japan Tour Dates: April 2012

Jazz Pianist Ayako Shirasaki: Japan Tour Dates: April 2012

Ayako Shirasaki presents her newest CD Falling Leaves—Live in Hamburg to her home audience all over Japan in April 2012. Falling Leaves really garnered the attention of the media: “Shirasaki is the complete package, possessing commanding technique that comes from a classical foundation but works in complete service of jazz, and she marries her heart and ...

Falling Leaves - Live In Hamburg

Label: Jan Matthies Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Confirmation; In A Sentimental Mood; Airegin; Mirror Mirror; Sakura Sakura; Summertime; Falling Leaves; Sleigh Ride; Monkey Punch; Far Away; Nascimento; Moonglow; My Romance; Take Five; St. Thomas.


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