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Makoto Ozone

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Born and raised in Kobe, Japan (on March 25, 1961) Ozone was playing the blues organ by age four, the product of a jazz organist father and the musically rich environment he was brought up in. It was an Oscar Peterson concert that turned him on the piano at the age of twelve. The talents of the legendary pianist caught the young boy by total surprise and inspired him to tackle the instrument himself. It is with special pleasure then to hear that the very same Oscar Peterson regards Ozone as an "outstanding pianist. Firt of all, his trechnique is extraordinary. And secondly, there isn't an ounce of waste to his performance

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News: Performance / Tour

Makoto Ozone: Back on the road, with love

Makoto Ozone: Back on the road, with love

When Japanese pianist Makoto Ozone last visited New York City, a not-so-funny thing happened. He was in the Big Apple in January 2020, planning to visit friends in advance of his next scheduled trip, an April 2020 appearance with his trio at Dizzy's Club. “I was supposed to be there only for a few days, but ...

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Article: Album Review

Chad Lefkowitz-Brown and the Global Big Band: Open World

Read "Open World" reviewed by Jack Bowers


There are times, thanks to the indestructible human spirit, when even the most horrendous scourge--say, a global pandemic that has claimed millions of lives in countries around the world--can lead to the occasional silver lining, a small yet persistent light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Case in point: Open World, a superlative new ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Hiromi: Dancing and Smiling With Every Note

Read "Hiromi: Dancing and Smiling With Every Note" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Few musicians have impacted the jazz and music world with the zeal and character of Hiromi. She paints on the finest palette, on par with the finest wine or richest chocolate. Her ambitious and superlative skills as a pianist are matched by the complexities and sheer genius of her compositions. Whether flying solo, in trio, quartet, ...

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Article: Interview

Steven Feifke: Kinetic

Read "Steven Feifke: Kinetic" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


In terms of physics, kinetic energy is described as a force or power which a body or object possesses by virtue of being in motion. With reference to the aptly named debut from the Steven Feifke Big Band, that ideal is fully applicable. Kinetic, recorded in early 2019 and released in April of 2021, capitalizes on ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

John Scofield As A Sideman: The Best Of…

Read "John Scofield As A Sideman: The Best Of…" reviewed by Ian Patterson


John Scofield is a modern-day jazz legend, one of the most instantly recognizable voices on the guitar, and an inspiration to many. In a solo career that began in earnest in 1977, Scofield has carved out his own sound on dozens of albums, including his tribute to Steve Swallow, Swallow Tales (ECM, 2020), a trio album ...

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Article: Album Review

Rina: RINA

Read "RINA" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Japanese pianist Rina's eponymous debut is intelligent, graceful and passionate, and showcases the young artist's multiple talents. A protegee of renowned pianist Makoto Ozone, who also produced the release, Rina received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music as well as other accolades, including third place in the 2018 edition of the international 7 Virtual ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Alice Soyer: A Tale of Two Wings

Read "Alice Soyer: A Tale of Two Wings" reviewed by Jim Worsley


To think of Alice Soyer is to immediately get in touch with your feelings. Soyer is a most accomplished composer, pianist, and vocalist, who also brilliantly shares her distinct impressions through her drawings and paintings. Born and raised just outside of jny: Paris, Soyer's art, in any form, denotes the cherished moments and adventures of her ...

Article: Album Review

Yoko Miwa: Keep Talkin'

Read "Keep Talkin'" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Tra le jazz ladies giapponesi che operano negli Stati Uniti (ad esempio Satoko Fujii e Miho Hazama), Yoko Miwa è la meno nota al pubblico italiano ed è un peccato visto l'alto valore di questo disco e dei sette già realizzati. Nata a Kobe 49 anni fa, Yoko ha studiato pianoforte nel suo Paese ...

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News: Performance / Tour

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra - So Far, So Good…with More On The Way

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra - So Far, So Good…with More On The Way

An especially creative jazz ensemble like the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) seldom has time to look back or dwell too long on past achievements. The last couple of years, however, have been marked by several milestone events with even more still to come. In fact, the band has been so busy with performing, recording and ...


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