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Classic Encounters (feat. Reiko Honsho)

Toshiko Akiyoshi

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Born: December 12, 1929 in Dairen, China

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As an arranger, Toshiko Akiyoshi (influenced originally by Gil Evans and Thad Jones) has been particularly notable for incorporating elements of traditional Japanese music into her otherwise bop-ish charts. A strong (and underrated) pianist in the Bud Powell tradition, Akiyoshi was born in China but moved to Japan in 1946. She played locally (Sadao Watanabe was among her sidemen) and, after being noticed and encouraged by Oscar Peterson, studied at Berklee during 1956-1959. Married for a time to...
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Classic Encounters (feat. Reiko Honsho), Toshiko Akiyoshi
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  • $8.91
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Oct 06, 2010

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