Grammy award winning artist Shunzo Ohno is a “brilliant trumpet stylist” whose playing and original compositions have touched millions. A versatile musician who has played, recorded and toured with such renowned leaders as Gil Evans, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Art Blakey, and many others. Mr. Ohno has 16 recordings under his own name as a leader and has appeared on over thirty more as a sideman.
Born in Gifu, Japan, Shunzo’s career hit high gear when toured with Art Blakeys Jazz Messengers. The compelling Latin energy in Shunzo’s playing can be linked to his tenure with the celebrated Machito and his Afro-Cuban Orchestra and he recorded the Grammy Award-winning album with Machito and His Salsa Big Band (1983).
Shunzo then joined master arranger and composer Gil Evans, becoming a key contributor on recordings, including the 1988 Grammy Award-winning “Live at Sweet Basil”. Shunzo made a total of four recordings with Evans, who remained a lifelong mentor to him.