Kuni Mikami, a 58-year-old Japanese jazz pianist based in New York, has performed every year since 2006 from town to town across Japan as he hopes to let more and more people in his home country know the joy of live jazz.

A native of Tokyo, Mikami started learning classic piano at age 5. While at high school, he became intrigued by jazz while listening to “Take Five,” a popular piece performed by the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

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