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Hirofumi Asaba

Jazz Guitarist in Tokyo, Japan

■Yokohama Jazz promenade competition 2017 Gold medalist

■ Played at Detroit Jazz Festival 2018 . Which is one of the biggest jazz Festival in the world. Chick Corea and Pat Martino also played DJF2018.

■ Released 2nd album [Stompin’at the fair] September 2018.

 

His playing is a blend of modern and swing styles of jazz, and is strongly inspired by Barney Kessel and Charlie Christian.

His upbeat, swinging guitar playing and beautiful chord solos entertain music lovers of all genres and truly stands alone in today’s jazz scene.

Hirofumi was born in Tokyo. in 1986,

He started playing piano at age five, and he has been playing the guitar since he was fourteen years old.

He has traveled with his guitar to New Orleans,Cuba,Jamaica,Australia,and Southeast Asia, jamming with many people along the way.

Hirofumi studied jazz under Yoshiaki Okayasu who is one of  the best Jazz guitarist in the world for four years.

In 2015 March,Okayasu produced Hirofumi’s first album EASY LIKE.

Hirofumi received a special judgement award at Asakusa Jazz Contest 2013 and also received Grand Prix at Yokohama jazz promenade competition 2017.

 

he played on NHK(Japan National broadcasting corporation)

Jazz Festivals in Japan

Three days concerts in Taiwan.

September 2018,  Detroit Jazz Festival.

 

Not only Japanese medias but American medias which are Fox-TV , just jazz guitar magazine, and Australian Jazz paper JGSWA wrote some articles about Hirofumi Asaba.