It's Saturday Nite Live
Lab. 3 (Aya Takazawa)

Aya Takazawa is a Japanese female trumpeter. She started playing the piano at five and the trumpet at ten. She graduated from Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, and studied under Hitoshi Kumagai who was a principle trumpeter of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. After graduation from college, she took part in various music activities ; above all, a Jazz CD of a female brass unit "Tokyo Brass Style" of which she was a leading member. It was a big hit in the Japanese jazz music charts. In 2009 she played
solo trumpet for the first time as a Japanese trumpeter at the commemoration ceremony of the United Nations Population Fund held in New York. Her expressive power of the trumpet received the highest praise from ambassadors from all over the world. She is now leading her own Jazz band "Takazawa Aya Quintet". In 2012 with a release of her first album "Patterns", she established a reputation as a versatile jazz musician. In 2012 while appearing on the "Summer Jazz" held in Hibiya-Kokaido and taking part in the Night Cruise Jazz arranged by Tatsuo Sunaga(DJ), and she played with Manhattan Jazz Quintet on "Monterey Jazz Festival in NOTO" next year. She has studied traditional jazz too and won the 2nd prize in Detroit Jazz Competition 2016. She joined Delfeayo Marsalis's Uptown Jazz Orchestra in New Orleans, she was invited to Heritage & New Orleans Jazz Festival as her own band also. She played with Jason Marsalis(ds), Wessell Anderson(as), Kengo Nakamura(b)from Wynton Marsalis's Family, and had recording for her majour debut album with them.

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The Entertainment Committee

Coming Up!
October 3 Steve Gardner
October 10 Taku Yasumi
October 17 Kayo Hiraki
October 24 Jim Butler
October 31 Sam Ishihara