Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabakin
Over the course of a six-decade career, pianist, bandleader, composer-arranger and NEA Jazz Master Toshiko Akiyoshi has made a unique and vital contribution to the art of big band jazz. Discovered by the late Oscar Peterson while on tour in Japan in 1952, Akiyoshi developed her sound within the scene in New York and moved to Los Angeles where she met her husband, saxophonist Lew Tabackin, and subsequently formed the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra. Having received 14 Grammy® Award nominations, Akiyoshi is also the first woman ever to place first in the Best Arranger and Composer Category in the DownBeat Readers’ Poll. A protégé of Bud Powell, the 84-year-old living legend will make an exceedingly rare Portland area appearance with Tabackin, bassist Boris Kaslov and drummer Mark Taylor.
“A fine pianist… her skills as a composer and arranger
have tended to dominate…” - Los Angeles Times