Born in Fukuoka, Japan, Yoshi began to play jazz bass at age of 20. Over the next few years, he emerged as a sought-after accompanist, with regular appearances at jazz clubs in Tokyo. In 1996, he moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, then upon graduation, went on the road for two years with the National Tour Company of Fosse, a Tony Awarded musical show. Yoshi currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and plays and tours with various groups in the city. Appearance includes some of the major venues and well known club in the city such as Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, Knitting Factory, Smalls, &c.

Yoshi performed with Artie Shaw Orchestra, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Hal Crook, Dan Zanes and Friends, Al Foster, George Garzone, Deborah Harry, Randy Johnston, Tokiko Kato, Angelique Kidjo, Kronos Quartet, John Lithgow, Ben Monder, Nashua Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Shunzo Ohno, Kenny Shanker, Richard Stoltzman, Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, Suzanne Vega, Danny Walsh, Bill Ware, Frank Wess, Lenny White, Harry Whitaker, Jack Wilkins, Phil Wilson, Chihiro Yamanaka, &c.

Among the recordings he did, Catch that Train! (Dan Zanes and Friends) won the 49th Annual Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children, and After Hours (Chihiro Yamanaka) won the 23rd Japan Gold Disc Award for Jazz Album of the Year.

Yoshi Waki

bassist, composer/arranger,
music instructor

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