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Jazz pianist and bandleader Yoko Miwa started out playing classical piano at the age of four. The Kobe, Japan native first heard jazz as a teenager and immediately fell in love with the music. Today, her playing has been described as that of a "jazz poet". In the last year, the Berklee College of Music graduate was also appointed Assistant Professor at her alma mater. Ms. Miwa has played sold-out shows in Boston and New York City including, among others, a special concert for Marian McPartland & Friends at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola with Jazz at Lincoln Center in and the WICN Brown Bag Concert Series: Fall 2011.
The Yoko Miwa Trio has released half a dozen CDs including Live at Scullers, recorded at the jazz club and voted Best CDs of 2011 by JazzTimes. This summer, while touring in Japan, the trio released their debut JVC Victor Entertainment label CD entitled Act Naturally. Voted Best Jazz Act by the Boston Phoenix in the 2012 Best Music Poll, Miwa and her trio are set to return to Scullers Jazz Club for a live performance on Wednesday, November 14, 2012.
Catch Colors of Jazz as host Bonnie Johnson welcomes Yoko Miwa to the WICN studios for a closer look at the artist and her music.