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Joe Anderies Quintet presents International Trumpeter Shunzo Ohno

  • Dazzle 930 Lincoln Denver, CO USA (map)


7 & 9pm :: Joe Anderies Quintet presents International Trumpeter Shunzo Ohno :: $22

shunzo ohno - trumpet
joe anderies - saxophone, alto flute
trevor anderies - drum set
justin adams - piano
bijoux barbosa - bass

Grammy award winning artist Shunzo Ohno is a "brilliant trumpet stylist" whose playing and original compositions have touched millions of people. A versatile musician who has played, recorded and toured with such renowned leaders as Gil Evans, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Art Blakey, and many others. Mr. Ohno has 16 recordings under his own name as a leader and has appeared on over thirty more as a sideman.

His fascinating life, with his triumph over illness and adversity is the subject of a biography, "Trumpet of Hope" and a documentary, "Trumpet of Glory. Fuji Television featured his story on the primetime show "Unbelievable."

Born in Gifu, Japan, Shunzo began his musical training at age 13 in his local public school. By age 19, Shunzo was the leading jazz trumpeter in Japan. Working as an accomplished composer and arranger in Japan, Shunzo's career hit high gear when he met the renowned bandleader Art Blakey. He toured with Art Blakey‘s Jazz Messengers, which also included Woody Shaw, Carter Jefferson and Cedar Walton, throughout the United States and settled in New York City in 1974 at Blakey's suggestion.

The compelling Latin energy in Shunzo's playing can be linked to his tenure with the celebrated Machito and his Afro-Cuban Orchestra. He recorded the Grammy Award-winning album with Machito and His Salsa Big Band (1983), which featured his dazzling solos.

Shunzo then joined one of his most influential inspirations, master arranger and composer Gil Evans, becoming a key contributor on tours, club dates, and recordings, including the 1988 Grammy Award-winning "Live at Sweet Basil". Shunzo made a total of four recordings with Evans, who remained a lifelong mentor to him.

Returning to Japan with Super Sounds, a group that included jazz legends Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Larry Coryell broadened his experience.
In 1988, he was involved in a serious automobile accident in which his teeth and lips were permanently damaged. He remained undeterred by the long recovery process, and strengthened his resolve to find a new approach to his music. He renewed his vision in performances with Wayne Shorter. Later, Shunzo joined Buster Williams (1989).

Adversity struck Shunzo again in 1996, when he was diagnosed with life threatening throat cancer. For three years, he underwent radical treatments to control the disease and embarked on the difficult road to recovery. His refusal to allow personal struggles and seemingly insurmountable circumstances led Shunzo to create new developments in his art & unique voice.

The latest recording, “All in One” cd features Shunzo’s exceptional talent as a composer and dynamic force as a trumpeter.

In the last 3 years, Shunzo has toured and recorded internationally (including Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia as well as regularly in NY). The recovery efforts in Northern Japan, has been important as he has visited the families and communities over 16 times since 2011.

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