- Performing Arts
- December 5 - 6, 2018
Jazz Concert “No Name Horses” featuring Makoto Ozone
Upon graduating from Berklee College of Music, Makoto Ozone toured with Gary Burton, establishing a name for himself around the globe. He has continued to perform, recently garnering attention for his classical performances including one with the New York Philharmonic. Yet the starting point for his dazzling career was the big band in which he played as a 12-year old, among a group of adult musicians.
With big bands occupying such a key place in his heart, it was only natural that Ozone would form his own band in March 2004. No Name Horses features 15 members, all of whom are top tier Japanese musicians, many leading their own bands. Their music is a fantastic showcase of the unique charm of big bands and has won the admiration of fans from around the world. To date, the band has toured in Japan, USA (playing at the world’s largest jazz convention, the IAJE in NY), France (Festival International de Piano in La Roque D’Anthéron), Scotland (Edinburgh Jazz Festival), Vienna, and Singapore (Mosaic Music Festival).
One of the compositions in this Paris concert will be George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, arranged for the big band by Ozone. Ozone wields his unique musical sensibility on this jazzy classical piece, with improvisation playing a key role.No Name Horses will also play several original pieces highlighting the allure of the big band, such as harmony, swing melodies and the interplay between the different parts.
December 5 – 6, 2018
Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris
・In cooperation with：
Makoto Ozone featuring No Name Horses
・Band Members (subject to change)：
Makoto Ozone: Piano, Band Leader; Eric Miyashiro, Mitsukuni Kohata, Sho Okumura, Yoshiro Okazaki: Trumpet, Flugelhorn; Eijiro Nakagawa: Trombone; Junko Yamashiro: Bass trombone; Kazuhiko Kondo: Alto saxophone, Soprano saxophone, Flute; Atsushi Ikeda: Alto saxophone; Toshio Miki: Tenor saxophone; Masanori Okazaki: Tenor saxophone, Clarinet; Yoshihiro Iwamochi: Baritone saxophone, Clarinet; Kengo Nakamura: Bass; Shinnosuke Takahashi: Drums