Toru Dodo, born in Tokyo , started playing classical piano at age 4. After he entered the Meiji University in Tokyo , he discovered Jazz music.
(His major was Economics.) He started gigging in Tokyo area. After he graduated, he went to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music, '95 Summer.
After he graduated as a summa cum laude, He moved to NY in 1998. Since then he has kept his musical career going forward, He often tours around USA, Japan, Canada, West Africa, South America as a leader and as a sideman.
He released 3 of his leader album DODO (2002) 116 West 238 St. (2004) (featuring Reuben Rogers on bass and John Lamkin on drums) and DODO 3 (2006) (featuring Joseph Lepore on bass and Rodney Green on drums) from Japanese label , Jazz City Spirits／Muzak, all produced by a legendary guitarist, Yosiaki Masuo.
Musicians who he worked with as a side man are Kenny Garrett, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Ruth Brown, Terumasa Hino just to name a few.
For now (November 2006). besides his piano trio, he plays for SOMI (vo), Pete Zimmer (ds) group, Wayne Escoffery (ts) & Carolyn Leonhart (voc) group, Satoshi Inoue(guitar)group.
He's been hosting Sunday Jam Session at the Cleopatra's Needle, a jazz club on 92nd and Broadway in NYC since 2002.
Toru Dodo's name may not be at the top of people's lists of riveting jazz pianists-yet- but with recordings like Dodo 3, such recognition could come soon enough. Brian Lonergan , All About Jazz (June 2006)