[Jazz in the Garden] Takuya Kuroda Jazz Band

This event has been postponed from July 22 to September 4.

    • Date: Friday, September 4, 2020 | 6:00–7:30 pm (Doors open at 5:30 pm)
    • Performers: Takuya KURODA (Trumpeter), et al.
    • Venue: Garden, Hall and Banquet Rooms, I-House
      (In case of rain, venues will be separated into the Hall with stage where you can enjoy live music or a banquet room with a screen live streaming the performance on the stage where you can meet and greet with people.)
    • Language: English
    • Co-organized by the Asia Society Japan Center and International House of Japan
    • Admission: 6,000 yen each for members and their guests (registration required, first-come-first-served basis)
      *A special accommodation set plan where you can enjoy the music from your room with a garden view and a special dinner plan at Sakura Restaurant after the event are also available (reservations required).
    • Icon: Registration


    Welcoming a jazz band led by Takuya Kuroda, who is active internationally and was the first Japanese Jazz trumpeter signed with Blue Note Records, we will present a jazz performance at our garden. Please enjoy our twilight garden with melodious sound. This live performance will be conducted taking COVID-19 preventive measures, and not be formal sit-down style. Please note that this event may have to be postponed or cancelled depending on future circumstances.

    Takuya KURODA (Trumpeter)

     Takuya Kuroda

    Jazz trumpeter Takuya Kuroda is a forward-thinking musician with a bent toward mixing post-bop and adventurous soul-jazz. Born in Kobe, Japan, Kuroda followed his older trombonist brother into the local music scene, playing in big bands. After studying music in Japan, Kuroda relocated to New York and enrolled in the New School Jazz Contemporary Music program, graduating in 2006.
    After graduating, Kuroda quickly ensconced himself in the vibrant N.Y.C. jazz scene, performing with such artists as DJ Premier, Akoya Afrobeat and a myriad of others. In 2011, Kuroda released the independently produced album Edge, followed by Bitter & High and Six Aces in 2012. In 2013, Kuroda signed with Blue Note Records and recorded his third solo album, José James-produced Rising Son. Released in 2014, Rising Son featured a strong soul-jazz and hip-hop influence exemplified by the presence of several Roy Ayers compositions including “Everybody Loves the Sunshine,” which featured James on vocals.
    In 2016, Kuroda returned with his fifth solo album, and first for Concord, Zigzagger. Produced by Kuroda, the album found the trumpeter expanding upon his funk, fusion, and hip-hop-influenced sound with another set of mostly original compositions. Included on the album was a collaboration with New York Afro-beat ensemble Antibalas.