Tiger Okoshi

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.

Read more

1 Photos



Al Di Meola Al Di Meola
Wayne Shorter Wayne Shorter
Michael Brecker Michael Brecker
sax, tenor
Chris Potter Chris Potter
Enrico Rava Enrico Rava
Joshua Redman Joshua Redman
Joe Henderson Joe Henderson
sax, tenor
Charles Lloyd Charles Lloyd
Oliver Nelson Oliver Nelson
Gerry Mulligan Gerry Mulligan
sax, baritone
Kenny Wheeler Kenny Wheeler

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!