BIOGRAPHY

bio
Here’s English version
日本唯一のヴォーカリスト&フリューゲルホーンプレーヤー

父親の影響でノンジャンルで音楽に親しみ、
中学時代にブラスバンドで初めての楽器コルネットを手にする。

2000年1月アルバム“Everything She Said”でソニー・ミュージックよりデビュー。
デビュー当初から注目を集め、その年の8月には早くもブルーノート東京に出演。
また、アルバムはアジア各国でもリリースされ、積極的に海外での公演も行っている。

昨今、ジャズの枠を超えた幅広い音楽性から、m-flo、平井堅、Skoop On Somebody、
今井美樹、大黒摩季、などのアルバムに作家、プレイヤーとして参加。

2008年に発売したアルバム「Love Again」は初のDuet Songを
ExileのATSUSHI氏を迎えて収録。

また、2011年3月の東日本大震災の直後に行われた、
シンディー・ローパーの国内ツアーにも参加し、話題となる。

そして2011年4月27日、本人がずっと温めていた企画
「TOKU sings & plays STEVIE WONDER- JAZZ TRIBUTE FROM ATLANTA」を発売。

2015年5月、フランクシナトラの生誕100周年を記念して
全曲シナトラのカバーアルバムを発売。
そのレベルの高さに各所で大絶賛を浴びている。

 

Introduction of in English about TOKU.

In Japan “TOKU”is the only flugel horn player who is also well known as a jazz singer.
He was born 1973 in Niigata where he started to play the flugel horn while in junior highschool.
As a high school and college student he played pop music in a cover band.
He was discovered by a jazz drummer who heard his play Miles Davis’ “If I were a bell”
at a college festival.
He was later invited to a jam session where he became deeply inspired by jazz.

In his second year of college he moved to the states to learn the language.
While there he started a band with his room mate (who happened to be a jazz pianist) and
thus started his career as a jazz musician.
Upon graduating from college he started singing at some jazz clubs.
There he was scouted by an American DJ ( Rob Crocker from WBGO now )  from local radio station which led to his first album
“Everything She Said” on Sony Records in January 2000.
In August 2000 he made his debut at the “Blue Note Tokyo”.
In January 2001 his 2nd album “Bewitching” was released as well as mini LP
“Winds of Change” which contained two tracks written by Kyohei Tsutsumi.
In June 2002 John Simon produced Toku’s 3rd album “Chemistry of Love”.
He further established himself as a jazz singer throughout Japan by singing
“You are so beautiful” for a Hitachi TV commercial and also “Do-Re-Mi” for Honda’s Odyssey ad campaign.
In January 2003 “TOKU” came out. This was released includes both instruments and
vocal tracks which highlights his versatile flugel horn technique and sensual voice.
In March 2004 “30” was released as well as all vacal tracks.
In February 2006 “A Brand-New Beginning”was released.
In November 2008 “Love Again” was recentry released. This New Album was recorded at Atlanta,GA with Super Musicians.
In April 2011 ” Toku Sings and Plays Stevie Wonder ~a jazz tribute from Atlanta” was
released, also recorded in Atlanta.

In June 2013 ” Dream A Dream ” was released, the first album which Toku tried all the human love type of songs, including originals.

In May 2015 ” Dear, Mr Sinatra” was released, recorded in Tokyo. A tribute album to Frank Sinatra.

Along the way he worked with other talents such as Ken Hirai,Skoop On Somebody,
Paris Match,Miki Imai,Mariko Takahashi and m-flo. They are the Stars Of J-POP

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