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Toshiko Akiyoshi Ends Big Band

Fresh off the critical success of their latest CD, Hiroshima: Rising From the Abyss (True Life), Toshiko Akiyoshi (pictured) and her Jazz Orchestra will perform a farewell concert on October 17 at Carnegie Hall. It will mark the end of 30 years of work.

Akiyoshi, who turns 74 on December 12 this year, said in a statement, “I started my career as a pianist, and I want to devote my remaining years to composing and playing in solo and small group formats. I am artistically challenged by this decision and want to become a better pianist and for me this is the way.”

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