I found out that I’m the second Japanese female in the history of Berklee to teach on the piano faculty, the first was Toshiko Akiyoshi – I was surprised to find out many did not know her! Here she is in 1958, wow! If you didn’t know…she was a big fan of Bud Powell.
We’re very excited! Yoko is set to release her fifth CD, Live at Scullers Jazz Club on October 17. The eight songs were recorded at last year’s sold-out Scullers show. It includes three originals, including the popular “Mr. B.G.,” Yoko’s tribute to piano great Benny Green. She first made just 100 copies of the show’s…