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Junichiro Mataga


Junichiro Mataga is a Jazz Pianist, Jazz Composer, Arranger, and Educator based in New York City. He grew up in Niigata, Japan. He began playing piano when at six years old. He moved to Tokyo after graduating high school and began studying Jazz Piano in the University Jazz Club. He graduated from The University of Electro-Communications with a major in Master of Engineering and then worked as a Sound and Vibration Researcher at the Central Research Lab of NEC Corporation. In parallel, he was active in the Jazz scene in Tokyo, Japan. He performed in his leader band, the big band “Shiny Stockings”, the gospel band “7season”, and the jazz quartet “Beyond the Cinema”



Label: JMS
Released: 2021
Track listing: Midnight Shore; C.C.T,; Cave; I Mean You; Little Cheers; Scramble Crossing; Light and the Darkness; Time to Work; Loop; Total Praise.


Article: Multiple Reviews

3x3: Piano Trios: October 2021

Read "3x3: Piano Trios: October 2021" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's a pretty worldly mix of trios here. While the instrumental setup is familiar as ever, these are players always happy to take it out of jazz land and wander anywhere else they wish. Jim Funnell's Word Out! Live in Japan Self Produced 2021 While Jim Funnell isn't notably ...


Article: Album Review

Junichiro Mataga: Sketches

Read "Sketches" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Sketches, the U.S. debut recording by Japanese-born, New York-based pianist/composer Junichiro Mataga, encompasses nearly an hour of genial contemporary jazz ably performed by Mataga, bassist Yoshiki Yamada and drummer Yosuke Nagayama. Even though he was quite busy as a leader and sideman in Tokyo, Mataga decided in 2019 to move to New York City to study ...


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