A Female Trumpeter and Her Band
If you think all jazz trumpeters are male, Aya Takazawa is out to prove you wrong. The versatile trumpeter started piano lessons at 5 but switched to trumpet at 10 and never looked back. She graduated from Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo where she studied under Hitoshi Kumagai, at one time the principle trumpeter of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. While in college, she was a member of the New Tide Jazz Orchestra, a prizewinner in the Yamano Big Band Contest.
Recently she was featured on a CD by the all-female Tokyo Brass Unit and in 2009 she played a trumpet solo at the commemoration ceremony of the United Nations Population Fund in New York. In addition to backing up a wide range of performers, she now leads her own small groups as well as playing in and promoting big bands.
SNL regulars might remember seeing Takazawa-san before, backing up club favorites Harvey Thompson and Peter Montgomery. This time she will be fronting her own quartet. The Japanese magazines "Jazz Japan" and "Jazz Critic" have both called her one of the country's most promising trumpet players. This is a jazz musician who is going places, and if you come out to this week's SNL you will be able to say you heard her play when she was on her way up.
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The Entertainment Committee
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