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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: December 12, 1929

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. On Peterson recommendation, Toshiko recorded for Granz, and not long after, she went to the U.S. to study at the Berklee School of Music in Boston....
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Featured recording “Mosaic Select”

Mosaic Select

Mosaic Records
2008
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    Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band: Mosaic Select


    2009
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    Mosaic Select

    Mosaic Records
    2009
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    The 50th Anniversary of visit to America

    Verve Records
    2006
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    Shibuya Jazz Classics - Monday Michiru Collection - Toshiko Akiyoshi...

    Verve Records
    2006
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    The Many Sides Of

    Verve Records
    2005
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    Hiroshima: Rising From The Abyss

    True Life Jazz
    2003
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    Hiroshima

    True Life Jazz
    2003
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