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Toshiko Akiyoshi is a Japanese American jazz pianist, composer/arranger and bandleader. Among a very few successful female instrumentalists of her generation in jazz, she is also recognized as a major figure in jazz composition.

Toshiko Akiyoshi was born in Manchuria, China, and was considering a career in medicine when her family returned to live in Japan. "Japan was still heavily occupied then, and our resort city of Beppu was flooded with soldiers. One day I happened to pass one… read more

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  • Avatar for Tom_Kallen
    nice piano-jazz :)
  • Avatar for insomniacme
    o k
  • Avatar for BebopBeatnik
    Uploaded a new spiffy photo because the current one reminds me of a horrible ex-boss. (no offense Toshiko)
  • Avatar for wuweixia
    ....more like a series of gradually less relevant facts lol XD
  • Avatar for beelzbubba
    Interesting and ultimately irrelevant fact. Toshiko Akiyoshi appeared on the March 18, 1956 weekly episode of "What's My Line," an American game show that aired Sunday nights from 1950-1967. (The show aired last night on the Game Show Network). The panel on the show had almost guessed her occupation when the time for the show ran out. Akiyoshi was at that time a student at Berklee in Boston, although she had been performing professionally for a few years by then. The show was unusually filled with well-known contestants that night: Jacques Plante, who had just been awarded the Vezina Trophy for best goalie in hockey, "Mrs. Jules Lederer," better known to millions as advice columnist Ann Landers, and the "mystery guest" Cyd Charisse. Still, the mood of the show was somber that night. Just the night before, St. Patrick's Day, long time panelist and beloved American humorist Fred Allen died suddenly of a heart attack while on his customary midnight Manhattan stroll.

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