Shunzo Ohno New Album Preview
Saturday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
The Cutting Room – 44 E. 32nd Street
Tickets: $20 in advance/$25 day of
International award-winning trumpeter Shunzo Ohno will preview music from his newest release, ReNew at The Cutting Room on December 19. Inspired by the resilience and recovery shown by the survivors of the Japan tsunami and Nepal earthquake, Ohno wrote the music of ReNew to celebrate the hope that still prevails despite disaster and strife.
“ReNew is born of the process of ‘recovery to discovery,’” he says, “ . . . to revive with a stronger, broader dynamism, unlimited power and a deepened capacity for life.”
Joining Shunzo will be a powerhouse rhythm section featuring Clifford Carter on keyboards, David Berkman on piano, Mark Egan on bass, and drummer Billy Kilson. Each musician brings his own unique voice to Ohno’s dynamic, genre-bending style that shares elements of the traditional jazz language, free jazz, spoken word and hip hop.
Ohno is considered one of the most versatile and influential trumpeters of modern jazz. Born in Gifu Prefecture, Japan, Ohno’s rise to prominence began in 1974, when he accepted an offer to perform with the legendary jazz drummer Art Blakey. Following his tenure with Blakey, Ohno propelled with a series of important collaborations, including ones with Machito and his Afro-Cuban Orchestra, Wayne Shorter, Larry Coryell, Herbie Hancock, and Gil Evans, who was a long-time collaborator of Ohno’s. He has recorded 16 albums as a leader and has been featured on two Grammy-winning recordings.
Ohno has encountered much adversity in his life, including a serious automobile accident and the diagnosis of stage 4 throat cancer. His resilience prompted the Japan Times to write, “As one who has triumphed over adversity, having the courage to challenge life’s ill fortune is his way of defining his legacy as a musician. And when his trumpet soars, he is victory personified.”
Through both of these life-changing events, Ohno creates inspiration not only to overcome these challenges, but to redevelop his unique sound and musical voice, admired by a global community. In 2014, Ohno won the International Songwriting Competition’s grand prize with his composition “Musashi,” making him the first jazz musician to receive this prestigious award.
Ohno’s tours are concurrently supporting the recovery efforts following the natural disasters in Japan and Nepal.
To purchase tickets, please visit The Cutting Room’s website or call 212.691.1900.