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Interview: Takuya Kuroda

posted April 30, 2014, 8:31 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


In celebration of International Jazz Day, we’ll shine the spotlight today on a talented “Rising Son”, Japanese trumpeter Takuya Kuroda. Hailing from Kobe, Japan, Takuya found his way to his beloved instrument in quite an amusing manner. Moving to New York and later becoming a critical member of José James’ band, these two formed a powerful partnership, sonically reflected on José’s albums and with José serving as producer of Takuya’s latest effort. Combining aspects of afro-beat and soul, bringing something fresh while paying homage to the great Roy Ayers (with “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” and “Green and Gold” covers), Takuya’s signature blend is anything but “Mala”.

Catching up with Takuya recently, we discussed why he plays the trumpet (funny story), his working relationship with José, his WTF moment with Robert Glasper, Chris “Daddy” Dave and Pino Palladino and the jazz musician grind. Peep the interview soundclips (here or below) and visit Takuya’s site for tour and discography info!


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