• SHARE

It used to be that the jazz life followed a relatively set pattern. Young players joined the bands of older pros, learned what they could, went on to become a leader themselves and, maybe, if they were lucky, got a recording contract. Nowadays, however, jazz players are as likely to get their education at a jazz college as on the bandstand. They are also more likely to catch the ear of an A&R rep and get signed even before their sound has fully matured.

But there are some musicians, like trumpeter Tomonao Hara, who develop in a different way. Hara played in the brass band at his Chiba high school and got into jazz in college, where he studied to be a teacher. He starting playing professionally full-time at the age of 23 and released his first CD in 1996 at the age of 30. Every year since, he’s released a solid album (backed by superb rhythm sections from both the United States and Japan), earning him respect as perhaps the most important trumpeter out of Japan since Terumasa Hino.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)