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Rina Yamazaki Trio

Aug 10, Saturday - 5pm
Heritage Bank Cafe Stritch Stage

Rina Yamazaki, the winner of two awards at the 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition, will be performing with her trio a set of award winning original compositions, jazz standards, and Latin jazz-influenced pieces that will enthrall jazz fans and novices alike.

Rina Yamazaki studied at the legendary Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. At Berklee, Yamazaki trained under notable musicians such as Ralph Peterson and National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen. Meanwhile, outside Berklee, Yamazaki became a protégé of Japanese piano master Makoto Ozone, who encouraged her to compose her own music. In time, Yamazaki’s intense practice and study paid off when she qualified for the 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition. Out of 160 entries from 29 countries, Yamazaki took home Second Place in the overall competition, winning $10,000 in cash and other prizes along with the Nu Jazz Agency’s Chico & Lupe O’Farrill Award for Best Original Composition. Late in 2018, Yamazaki was also nominated “Jazz Artist of the Year” by the Boston Music Awards.

Since the competition, Yamazaki has played and recorded with Neal Smith, Peter Washington, Jerome Jennings, “Mimi” Sullivan, Dezron Douglas, Dayeon Seouk, Ellis Marsalis, Ralph Peterson and countless other national and international jazz legends. She has performed sold-out engagements at such internationally famous venues as Blues Alley and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and tours regularly both in the U.S. and internationally with her trio.

Rina Yamazaki studied at the legendary Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. At Berklee, Yamazaki trained under notable musicians such as Ralph Peterson and National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen. Meanwhile, outside Berklee, Yamazaki became a protégé of Japanese piano master Makoto Ozone, who encouraged her to compose her own music. In time, Yamazaki’s intense practice and study paid off when she qualified for the 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition. Out of 160 entries from 29 countries, Yamazaki took home Second Place in the overall competition, winning $10,000 in cash and other prizes along with the Nu Jazz Agency’s Chico & Lupe O’Farrill Award for Best Original Composition. Late in 2018, Yamazaki was also nominated “Jazz Artist of the Year” by the Boston Music Awards.

Since the competition, Yamazaki has played and recorded with Neal Smith, Peter Washington, Jerome Jennings, “Mimi” Sullivan, Dezron Douglas, Dayeon Seouk, Ellis Marsalis, Ralph Peterson and countless other national and international jazz legends. She has performed sold-out engagements at such internationally famous venues as Blues Alley and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and tours regularly both in the U.S. and internationally with her trio.


Personnel

Rina Yamazaki – piano
Marcus Shelby – bass
Genius Wesley – drums