Toshiko Akiyoshi

Real Name:秋吉敏子 or 穐吉敏子 (Akiyoshi Toshiko)

Japanese-American jazz pianist, composer/arranger, and band leader. Born December 12, 1929 in Liaoyang, Manchuria (now part of China).

One of the most famous jazz musicians from Japan. Among a very few successful female instrumentalists of her generation in jazz, she is also recognized as a major figure in jazz composition. She has received 14 Grammy nominations, and she was the first woman to win the Best Arranger and Composer awards in Down Beat magazine's Readers Poll. In 2007 she was named an NEA Jazz Master by the US National Endowment For The Arts.

Lives in New York City, with her husband, Lew Tabackin.
Mother of Monday Michiru through a previous marriage to saxophonist Charlie Mariano.

Sites:Wikipedia ,
Aliases:Toshiko Mariano
In Groups:Charlie Mariano Quartet, Jazz In The Classroom, Just Be-Bop, The Toshiko Trio, Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi Quartet, Toshiko Akiyoshi Quintet, Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio, Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band, Toshiko And Her International Jazz Sextet
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