April 6 at 9:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, legendary jazz pianist and
bandleader Toshiko Akiyoshi gives audiences an eclectic
view of jazz piano as performed in solo, trio, and quartet formats with
her band-mates including virtuoso tenor saxophonist and flutist, Lew
Tabackin (Ms. Akiyoshi's husband), bassist Paul Gill,
and drummer Mark Taylor. Her program, entitled Solo,
Trio, and Quartet, is part of Carnegie Hall’s ongoing citywide JapanNYC
festival, which invites audiences to explore the diversity of Japanese
arts and culture, and is the final concert in this season’s four-part Shape
of Jazz series presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with
Absolutely Live Entertainment, LLC.
Akiyoshi, a National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Jazz
Master and 14-time Grammy Award-nominee, is known for incorporating
cross-cultural references in her approach to jazz music. As stated in The
New York Times, “[she is]…one of the very few women notably
leading large-ensemble bands, and certainly the only Japanese woman
leading a world-famous band playing only original compositions…her
honest, entirely nonglib way of combining jazz with elements of Japanese
and Asian culture testifies to her success."
To view a video of Toshiko performing at the Monterey Jazz
Festival, please click
The JapanNYC festival explores the world of Japan
today, where artists embrace their country’s unique aesthetic
sensibilities while continually revitalizing its cultural landscape. Led
by renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa as Artistic Director, the
festival explores a country that values its long-standing cultural
heritage while also embracing and transforming Western art forms, with a
spirit that very much looks ahead. Visit carnegiehall.org/japannyc
for the most up-to-date information on festival events, interviews with
artists, videos, slideshows, and other content providing insight into
Japan’s arts scene and JapanNYC festival offerings.About the ArtistToshiko Akiyoshi’s contributions to the
jazz world have evolved through a series of events that started with a
piano-loving Japanese girl in China and brought her to prominence as an
unparalleled pianist, composer, and leader of the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz
Orchestra. Her recordings have garnered numerous awards and honors
including a total of 14 Grammy Award nominations. After she began
playing professionally, Akiyoshi was discovered by pianist Oscar
Peterson in 1952 during the Norman Granz Jazz at the Philharmonic tour
of Japan in 1952. On Peterson’s recommendation, she recorded for Granz
and came to the United States to study at the Berklee School of Music in
Her years in Boston, and later in New York, helped her
develop into a first class pianist. Akiyoshi’s interest in composing and
arranging was put into action when she moved to Los Angeles in 1972
with her husband, saxophonist/flutist Lew Tabackin. The following year
they formed a renowned big band—the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra
featuring Lew Tabackin. The band, which began as a vehicle for
Akiyoshi's own compositions, gained a reputation as one of the most
excellent and innovative big bands in jazz.
Akiyoshi’s works have been performed by the North Carolina
Symphony Orchestra, the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, and the Portland
Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro James De Priest. In 1996,
she realized a years-long dream when she completed her autobiography, Life
With Jazz, now in its fifth printing. Among the many honors she
has received are the Shijahosho (1999, from the Emperor of Japan); the
Japan Foundation Award; Order of the Rising Sun; Gold Rays with Rosetta
(2004, from the Emperor of Japan); and the Asahi Award (2005, from the Asahi
Shimbun newspaper). In 2002 Toshiko retired her big band projects
and returned to the piano, touring as a trio and sometimes a quartet
with her husband.Program Information Wednesday, April 6 at 9:30 p.m.
TOSHIKO AKIYOSHI, Piano
Lew Tabackin, Tenor Saxophone and Flute
Paul Gill, Bass
Mark Taylor, DrumsSOLO, TRIO, AND QUARTET
Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Absolutely
Live Entertainment LLC.
Sponsored in part by Mitsubishi International Corporation.
JapanNYC Lead Sponsors are Epson Corporation; Mizuho
Securities USA Inc.; Nomura Holding America Inc. and Nomura America
Foundation; Kotaro ONO, The Chairman of The ONO Group; ROHM Co., Ltd.
and Rohm Music Foundation; Sony Corporation; and Yoko Nagae Ceschina.
Supporting Sponsors are Deloitte LLP; Mitsubishi
International Corporation; Suntory Holdings Limited and Suntory Hall;
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited; Toshiba Corporation; and Toyota.
With additional funding from Aladdin Capital Holdings LLC;
Asian Cultural Council; The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.; GWFF
USA Inc.; ITOCHU International Inc.; J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber
of Commerce and Industry of New York; Kawasaki Good Times Foundation;
The NY Mets Foundation; Nihon Unisys, Ltd.; Nippon Express Foundation,
Inc.; Nippon Life Insurance Company; Hiroko Onoyama and Ken Sugawara;
Seiko Instruments Inc.; Subaru of America, Inc.; and Sumitomo
Corporation of America Foundation.
With special thanks to the National Endowment for the
Arts; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan; the Agency for Cultural
Affairs of Japan; Japan Tourism Agency; Japan National Tourism
Organization; the Japan Foundation; and the Consulate-General of Japan
in New York.Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of
Continental Airlines is the Official Airline of Carnegie
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