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National Endowment for the Arts. Akiyoshi was born in LiaoyangManchuria to Japanese emigrants. She was the youngest of four sisters.
A local record collector introduced her to jazz by playing a record of Teddy Wilson playing " Sweet Lorraine ". She immediately loved the sound and began to study jazz. Induring a tour of Japan, pianist Oscar Peterson discovered her playing in a club on the Ginza.
Peterson was impressed and convinced record producer Norman Granz to record her. Heard on drums. The album was released with the title Toshiko's Piano in the U. Akiyoshi studied jazz in at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. After a year of wrangling with the State Department and Japanese officials, Berk was given permission for Akiyoshi to enroll. He offered her a full scholarship, and he mailed her a plane ticket to Boston.
In Januaryshe became the first Japanese student at Berklee. Akiyoshi married saxophonist Charlie Mariano in The couple had a daughter, Michiru. She and Mariano divorced in after forming several bands together. During the same year, she met saxophonist Lew Tabackinwhom she married in Akiyoshi, Tabackin, and Michiru moved to Los Angeles in In MarchAkiyoshi and Tabackin formed a piece big band composed of studio musicians.
The band recorded its first album, Kogunin The title, which translates to "one-man army", was inspired by the tale of a Japanese soldier lost for 30 years in the jungle who believed No Sunshine - Various - Rap-A-Lot Retail CD Sampler World War II was still being fought and thus remained loyal to the Emperor.
BMG continued to release her big band's recordings in Japan but Toshiko Akiyoshi Quartet - Toshiko Plays Toshiko skeptical about releasing the music in the United States  Although Akiyoshi was able to release several albums in the U. On Monday, 29 Decemberher band played its final concert at Birdland in New York City, where it had enjoyed a regular Monday night gig for more than seven years. She also said that she wanted to concentrate on her piano playing from which she had been distracted by years of composing and arranging.
She has said that although she has rarely recorded as a solo pianist, that is her preferred format. On 24 MarchWarner Japan released the final recording of Akiyoshi's big band.
Akiyoshi's music is distinctive for its textures and for its Japanese influence. Akiyoshi was inspired to investigate her Japanese musical heritage. One reviewer of the live album Road Time said the music on her big band albums demonstrated "a level of compositional and orchestral ingenuity that made her one of perhaps two or three composer-arrangers in jazz whose name Heavens Know (2nd Demo Cassette) - Lovemen - 1993-2000 Ch.2 seriously be mentioned in the company of Duke Ellington, Eddie Sauter and Gil Evans.
InAkiyoshi was approached by Kyudo Nakagawaa Buddhist priest, who asked her to write a piece for his hometown of Hiroshima. He sent her some photos of the aftermath of the nuclear bombing. Her initial reaction was horror. She could not see how she could compose anything to address the event. Finally she found a picture of a young woman emerging from an underground shelter with a faint smile on her face. Akiyoshi said that after seeing this picture, she understood the message: hope.
With that message in mind, she composed the three-part suite Hiroshima: Rising from the Abyss. The piece was premiered in Hiroshima on 6 Augustthe 56th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. The Hiroshima suite appeared on the album Hiroshima — Rising from the Abyss.
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