One of a kind Jazz Trumpet player, Shunzo Ohno’s life story is so extraordinary that it became a documentary piece in Japan.
Discovered by late Jazz Great Art Blakey, Shunzo’s uncanny talent full-bloomed in New York as a recording member of Grammy winning albums by Machito and Gil Evans and band-mate of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Larry Coryell. As a masterful player, composer and arranger, his electrifying performing style, lyrical melody lines and bold rhythmic beats quickly made him a household name.
However, a nearly career ending car crash followed by life threatening throat cancer inevitably sidelined him. Against all odds, his unbroken spirit and perpetual passion gave his music a new depth that expresses unmistakable conviction and striking vulnerability at the same time. From composition to composition, his emotional flow has swagger even with his unpretentious stage presence.
Recently, his composition “Musashi” won grand prize in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition. It’s a first in the history of the competition for a Jazz artist to win grand prize. The song was inspired by Musashi, an undefeated samurai swordsman who also became a famous writer and painter in Japan. Shunzo says, “I wrote the song at a time in my life when I was searching for a particular sense of courage, to be undefeated in the midst of what seemed impossible. It is my hope others might feel that sense of tenacious determination and courage – in an adventurous way.”
This intimate live performance will be a celebration of his remarkable journey and a revelation of his next exciting chapter.
Shunzo Ohno: Trumpet
Clifford Carter: Piano/ Keyboard
Vic Juris: Guitar
Bill Moring: Bass
Jerome Jennings: Drums