Toshiko Akiyoshi

Toshiko Akiyoshi Biography

Japanese-American jazz pianist, composer/arranger, and bandleader.

Born: 12 December 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.

Mother of Monday Michiru through an ex-marriage with saxophonist Charlie Mariano.

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