A graduate of Berklee College of Music, pianist Takana Miyamoto has been recording and touring with both Nnenna Freelon and René Marie for nearly a decade. Her "exquisite piano playing" (Los Angeles Times) led her to receive a "Rising Star" vote by the International Jazz Society. Performing with Miyamoto is the progressive trumpeter Russell Gunn, whose collaborations with crossover artists Maxwell and D'Angelo have ranged from hip-hop to mainstream jazz. Gunn "creates a synthesis of styles that is truly contemporary and singular" (Down Beat Magazine), and his Ethnomusicology series of CDs received multiple Grammy nominations. Part of the Arts of Japan Celebration.
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