"Shunzo Ohno: Never Defeated” Film Premiere and Concert



Shunzo Ohno, The Cutting Room, NYC, Japan, trumpet, Never Defeated, jazz, Sean Gallagher, WhatNot Productions

Shunzo Ohno: “Never Defeated” Film Premiere and Concert

Wednesday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

The Cutting Room – 44 E. 32nd Street (between Park and Madison Avenues)

Admission: $20 in advance/$25 at the door

International award-winning musician Shunzo 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. Ohno has recorded 16 albums as a leader and has been featured on two Grammy-winning recordings.

The documentary film “Shunzo Ohno: Never Defeated”, which features narration from the legendary bassist Buster Williams, will be premiered at The Cutting Room and followed by a live concert featuring pianist David Berkman, drummer Jerome Jennings, bassist Ed Howard and guitarist Paul Bollenback. The film, directed by Sean Gallagher of WhatNot Productions, shows how Ohno’s life has been fraught with much adversity, including a serious automobile accident in 1988 and the diagnosis of stage 4 throat cancer in 1996. Through both of these tragedies, Ohno managed to overcome struggle and redevelop his unique sound and musical voice. In 2014, he won the International Songwriting Competition’s grand prize with this composition “Musashi,” making him the first jazz recipient of this prestigious award.

To purchase tickets to the film premiere concert, please visit The Cutting Room’s website or call 212.691.1900.

“[Shunzo Ohno]… plays tight, crisply phrased lines with a stabbing rhythmic effect. Without the mute, his open tone has a broad, ringing sound that soars through high-powered driving lines….” The New York Times.