Toru Dodo


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TORU DODO , born in Tokyo , started playing classical piano at age 4. After he entered the Meiji University in Tokyo , he discovered Jazz music.

(His major was Economics.) He started gigging in Tokyo area.

After he graduated , he went to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music, '95 Summer .

After he graduated as a summa cum laude, He moved to NY in 1998. Since then he has kept his musical career going forward,

He often tours around USA, Japan, Canada, West

Africa, East Africa, South America as a leader and as a sideman.

He released 3 of his leader album "DODO"('02) "116 West 238 St."('04) (featuring Reuben Rogers on bass and John Lamkin on drums) and

" DODO 3" ('06) (featuring Joseph Lepore on bass and Rodney Green on drums) from Japanese label , Jazz City SpiritsMuzak, all produced by a legendary guitarist ,Yosiaki Masuo.

His latest album "Do You Like Cappuccino?" is due on 2008/2009.

He also published his book"Excellent Jazz Solo Piano" (Rittor Music,Japan) in 2008.

Musicians who he worked with as a side man are Kenny Garret, Benny Golson,

Curtis Fuller, Ruth Brown, Terumasa Hino just to name a few.

For now(2008.). besides his piano trio, he plays for SOMI (vo) , Pete Zimmer (ds) group, Wayne Escoffery (ts)& Carolyn Leonhart (voc) group,Satoshi Inoue(guitar)group.

He got awarded by IAJE(International Association for Jazz Education)

for his outstanding service to Jazz education when his piano trio performed at IAJE in Toronto 2008.

He received BRIO(Bronx Recognized Its Own) Award for his performance in 2008.

He's been hosting Sunday Jam Session at the Cleopatra's Needle , a jazz club on 92nd and Broadway in NYC since 2002.