Takuya Kuroda | SFJAZZ

Takuya Kuroda


Takuya Kuroda

Friday, October 21, 7:00pm · 8:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Rising Trumpet Star Series: Trumpet Fest  

Takuya Kuroda

With his burnished bronze tone, Japanese-born, Brooklyn-based trumpeter Takuya Kuroda first gained notice as a captivating foil for soulful jazz vocalist José James. Friends since their student days at Berklee, Kuroda contributed significantly to James’s 2010 album Blackmagic, and his critically hailed 2013 Blue Note album No Beginning No End, a project for which he also wrote the horn arrangements. “No one sounds like Takuya,” says James. “His tone, warmth and most of all his storytelling have inspired me for years. His writing is soulful, modern, and effortlessly bridges the gap between jazz and soul, and between history and tomorrow.” A fixture on the New York scene for the past decade, Kuroda has performed with big league players such as Valery Ponomarev, Junior Mance, Greg Tardy, and Andy Ezrin. He released three albums independently before signing with Blue Note, which led to 2014’s José James-produced Rising Son, a heady mix of soul jazz and hip-hop featuring taste-making trombonist and keyboardist Corey King. His new Concord Music release, Zigzagger, is set to cement Kuroda status as a vital voice at the fertile crossroads of nu-jazz and groove.

Artist Personnel

Takuya Kuroda trumpet
Craig Hill tenor saxophone
Takeshi Ohbayashi keyboards
Rashaan Carter bass
Adam Jackson drums

Artist Website

"A transcendent horn player " — Washington Post
"Kuroda pulls you into his world from the downbeat… It’s a world informed by jazz, soul, R&B, and especially Afrobeat " — DownBeat