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Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: March 21, 1950

Berklee Associate Professor Toru “Tiger” Okoshi has observed dualities in his life over the years. With a grin, he tells me about how he was recently booked for two performances on the same night at the same hour in two different places. Remarkably enough, he showed up on time for both gigs. The fact that the two venues were on opposite sides of the international dateline helped the logistics considerably.

Tiger is a nickname given him by pianist Ted Lo '75, one of the first friends he met when he arrived at Berklee. Tiger is the part of Okoshi's personality that is the renowned jazz trumpeter who got his start in the U.S. Toru is his alter ego, who was born in Ashiya City, Japan, the son of a samurai warrior. It was Toru who earned a degree in commerce from Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan before coming to America on his honeymoon....
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Music

Featured recording “The Color Of Soil”

The Color Of Soil

JVC
2004
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    Two Sides To Every Story

    JVC
    1996
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    Echoes Of A Note

    JVC
    1993
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    Mudd Cake

    JVC
    1990
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    Face To Face

    JVC
    1989
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