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Toshiko Akiyoshi

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Toshiko Akiyoshi's unique contributions to the jazz world have evolved like falling dominoes through a series of events that started with a piano-loving little Japanese girl in Manchuria and brought her to prominence as an unparalleled pianist, composer and leader of the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. Manchurian-born Akiyoshi's interest in the piano started at age six, and by the time her family had moved back to Japan at the end of World War II. Toshiko had developed a real love for music. She soon began playing piano professionally, which eventually led to being discovered by pianist Oscar Peterson in 1952 during a Norman Granz Jazz at the Philharmonic tour of Japan

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Homage To Artists Lost, Favorite 2023 Recordings Part I, Birthday Shoutouts To Toshiko Akiyoshi, Una Mae Carlisle, Rebecca Parris, Edith Piaf & More

Read "Homage To Artists Lost, Favorite 2023 Recordings Part I, Birthday Shoutouts To Toshiko Akiyoshi, Una Mae Carlisle, Rebecca Parris, Edith Piaf & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The final broadcast of 2023 includes two new singles from Kayle Brecher and Carol McCann, Part I of my favorite recordings of 2023 with birthday shoutouts to Toshiko Akiyoshi, Kayle Brecher, Una Mae Carlisle, Rebecca Parris, Kerry Politzer, and Edith Piaf, among others plus a nod to some of the artists that left the planet this ...

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Article: Live Review

Tommy Halferty, Philippe Aerts, Kevin Brady At Scott's Jazz Club

Read "Tommy Halferty, Philippe Aerts, Kevin Brady At Scott's Jazz Club" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Tommy Halferty, Philippe Aerts, Kevin Brady Scott's Jazz Club jny:Belfast, N. Ireland December 1, 2023 The gentleman had arrived early to secure a table right in front of the stage, a fresh pint of Guinness settling nicely before him. He had seen guitarist Tommy Halferty before. The first time was in ...

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Article: Album Review

Russell Scarbrough: Fun Times

Read "Fun Times" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Bandleader Russell Scarbrough has an intriguing motto: “If it's not fun, we're not doing it right!" He also had an intriguing way of recording his debut album, Fun Times, to which an entire review could be devoted. Suffice to say that the individual parts were taped in isolation owing to the Covid pandemic and sent to ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz International: Part 1

Read "Jazz International: Part 1" reviewed by Monk Rowe


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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Large Jazz Ensembles: Gerald Wilson, Sun Ra and Others

Read "Large Jazz Ensembles: Gerald Wilson, Sun Ra and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


From June of this year, this is a show that features a varied selection of large jazz ensembles that delve into traditional and contemporary styles and sometimes even travel to the outer reaches of this music. Bandleaders and arrangers heard on the program include Gerald Wilson, Christine Jensen, Sun Ra, Bob Crosby, and Maria Schneider. There ...

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Article: Album Review

East Axis: No Subject

Read "No Subject" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist Kevin Ray, and drummer Gerald Cleaver return for No Subject, the sophomore release from the quartet East Axis. One point on the axis has changed with the journeyman, multi-reedist Scott Robinson replacing saxophonist Allen Lowe. Robinson is a veteran of many prestigious and diverse groups including the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Maria ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Red Garland Centennial, Bigger Band Works, $8 Finds

Read "Red Garland Centennial, Bigger Band Works, $8 Finds" reviewed by David Brown


Join us for another week of the Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out, where ever the music takes us. Each week we explore the elements of jazz form a historical perspective. This week we take a look at some new releases form Artemis, Lesley Moc and Michael Formanek, celebrate the centennial birthday of Red Garland, and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jitterbug Waltz, Toshiko Akiyoshi and some electro/electro acoustic works

Read "Jitterbug Waltz, Toshiko Akiyoshi and some electro/electro acoustic works" reviewed by David Brown


This week, we celebrate Fats Waller's tune “Jitterbug Waltz," recorded 81 years ago this week, with interpretations by Cécile McLorin Salvant, Eric Dolphy & Tyshawn Sorey; we'll also check out a set of works featuring pianist composer & arranger Toshiko Akiyoshi. Ikue Mori was in Philly this week so let's hear a solo from her+ some ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Records and Record Dates: Part 1

Read "Records and Record Dates: Part 1" reviewed by Monk Rowe



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