タグ別アーカイブ: Toshiko Akiyoshi

The living legend pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi(秋吉敏子)

December 18. 2016

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Last week I heard a radio program which featured two great pianist,Barry Harris and Toshiko Akiyoshi. Go here

Both pianists had one thing in common.

They developed their art under the influence of bebop great Bud Powell.

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I was very happy as a Japanese.

About Toshiko Akiyoshi, please refer to my past blog.

If you do not mind. Go here and here, here

Also I will introduce recently uploaded clips.

Here is her photograph.

Here is her interview by THE MAINICHI NEWSPAPERS(毎日新聞)

 

Maybeck Hall series of Concord Records(5)

 

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Toshiko Akiyoshi at Maybeck recorded at the Maybeck Recital Hall . It is Volume 36.

Tracks : The Village, Come Sunday, Con Alma, Polka Dots and Moonbeams, It Was a Very Good Year, The Things We Did Last Summer, Old Devil Moon, Sophisticated Lady, Quadrille, Anyone?, Tempus Fugit

I quote her speaking from ‘Jazz Profiles’:August 12, 2008.

She said :”I like to leave some parts really loose. Sometimes the audience helps me to do something I hadn’t thought of before.”

In past I posted about Toshiko Akiyoshi.

Please refer to my past blogs.Go here and ,here,and here

Ray Brown

 

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Ray Brown was born October 13, 1926 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

His bass playing was influenced by Jimmy Blanton who was the bassist in the Duke Ellington band.

Arriving in New York in 1945, he played with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Bud Powell.

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He was hired by Gillespie for his small groups and his big band.

Dizzy Gillespie said:”Ray Brown, on bass, played the stongest, most fluid and imaginative bass lines in modern jazz at the time.”

After playing with Jazz at the Philharmonic, he married Ella Fitzgerald.

 

He recorded with early Modern Jazz Quartet , then he became a permanent member of the Oscar Peterson Trio (1951-1966).

After leaving Oscar Peterson’s group,he settled in Los Angeles.

Then he worked in the studios and continued recording with several jazz artists.

He was intimate friend with Milt Jackson.

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He died on July 2, 2002 in Indianapolis.

 

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March 28.2016

March 28. 2016

Last night, a special program of Toshiko Akiyoshi had been televised in Japan.

Jazz pianist, Toshiko Akiyoshi to reach the 70-year debut this year (86).

She was awarded ‘the Jazz Master’.

This title is highest award in the US jazz world.

Now also she has continued to success in NYC.

After she enterd to the U.S. at the age 26,she received the race and discrimination against women.

But she was fused elements of jazz form and Japanese style and pioneered a unique jazz.

She has continued to struggle as a pianist,as a woman, as a Japanese.

This special program offer her great hardships.

In addition she played some performance for this program.

Here is Toshiko Akiyoshi and her trio.