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date: 25 February 2021

Okoshi, Tiger [Toru ]locked

  • Kazunori Sugiyama
  •  and Barry Kernfeld


[Toru ]

(b Ashita, Japan, March 21, 1950). Japanese trumpeter and leader. Self-taught, he took up trumpet at the age of 11. While attending Kansei Gakuin University he performed with Terumasa Hino and Sadao Watanabe, among others. He led a quintet at a number of clubs in 1971, and then following his graduation he married in 1972 and traveled across the USA on his honeymoon; having arrived on the East Coast he chose to remain in Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music. Graduating in 1975, he toured the USA with Buddy Rich’s orchestra later that same year and in 1976 began teaching at Berklee. Okoshi accompanied Tony Bennett (1976), toured worldwide and recorded (1978) with Gary Burton, and played with George Russell and Dave Liebman. During the same period he founded his own group, Tiger’s Baku, which made its first recording in 1980; his sidemen at various times included Mike Stern, Bill Frisell, Vinnie Colaiuta, Tommy Campbell, and Kermit Driscoll. In ...

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Jazz Times (Washington, 1980-)