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Senri Oe



Biography

Best-selling Sony Music recording artist Senri Oe's international debut all-jazz album, Boys Mature Slow (PND Records, peaceneverdie.com) in July 2012 generated many rave reviews from the top music magazines, including Jazziz, DownBeat in NYC. After its release in in Japan Sep. 2012 (Distributer: Village Music), Boys Mature Slow got "The Album of the Year: new star (Nissan presents "Jazz Japan" Awards 2012).
 
Oe has been active and influential in the Japanese music scene as a lyricist, composer, and arranger since he debuted in 1983. He extended his talent in the TV and film industry, and went on to flourish as an actor and TV personality as well. Major awards he has won are Japan Gold Disc Grand Prix: Best Male Pop Artist 1988 and FNS Pop Music Award: Best song of the Year 1989.
 
In Jan. 2008, Oe decided to pause his 25-year-long careers in popular music for pursuing jazz and moved to New York, studying under Aaron Goldberg and Junior Mance. Oe graduated from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in May 2012.
 
Oe is mainly performing at Tomi Jazz monthly, 53rd street, btw 2nd and 3rd avenue. He is also appearing at jazz clubs and venues throughout NYC, Zinc Bar, SOB, Blue Note, NY City Winery.
 
Recently, Oe's second album, Spooky Hotel (distributed by Village Music), went to the top in the Billboard Japan Jazz Charts and he performed at Tokyo Jazz Festival 2013 (at Tokyo international forum Hall A) with Oe's big band from NYC and his jazz mentor Sheila Jordan.
 
Oe is now producing some albums for other talented artists in NYC.
 
He will release his third new album, Collective Scribble, by his trio in Feb. 2015 in the USA and Canada.
 
And he has also been making Senri Jazz Song Book with Sheila Jordan, Jon Hendricks, Lauren Kinham (New York Voices), Theo Bleckman and Becca Stevens. It will be released in Sep. 2015 all over the world.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/31/2015: Senri Oe

The Japanese pop star and actor turned New York City–based jazz pianist makes his Millennium Stage debut. Presented with the support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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