Biography

2018-03-07

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 in Tokyo and moved to Boston in 1996 to study at Berklee College of Music. After graduation, he joined the National Tour Company of Fosse, a Tony Awarded musical show and traveled around the States before settling in New York City, where he quickly established himself as a versatile sideman working with the likes of Artie Shaw Orchestra, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Dan Zanes and Friends, Deborah Harry, Art Hirahara, Randy Johnston, Shunzo Ohno, Richard Stoltzman, Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, Bill Ware, Harry Whitaker and Chihiro Yamanaka.

Among the numerous 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 also teaches music theory and ensemble at Long Island University.

Yoshi Waki

bassist, composer/arranger,
music instructor



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