This week’s post is Cole Porter’s jazz standard tune ‘I Love You’ by Kotaro Hiramitsu Trio.
Kotaro Hiramitsu (Pf)
Hiroyuki Demiya (Ba)
Hiro Omori (Dr)
Recorded by Kazuya Nagae
Jazz pianist, Kotaro Hiramitsu, was born in Togo, Japan. He started to play classical piano during his childhood. As a college student at Gifu University, he joined the New Stars Jazz Orchestra, Liebe Parze. This introduced him to the world of jazz. His teacher was Shuhei Mizuno.
In 2009, Kotaro started his career as a jazz pianist in the Tokai area of Japan. He won the 2012 Kanazawa Jazz Street Competition, and has been invited to perform in jazz festivals in Korea and China.
In recent years , he also performs jazz organ, his performance constantly evolving .
He released two CDs with his own group ’Straight Line’.
Furthermore, Kotaro works with many talented musicians and holds jam sessions in Nagoya. His colorful and vigorous sound and delicate phrasing is acknowledged among musicians and his audience. Since 2015, Kotaro is an organizer and executive committee member of the “Jazz Connection in Nagoya” jazz festival.
Born 1985 Kobe City. Demiya started playing electric bass at age of 13. He attended Osaka College of Music, where he majored in jazz bass and studied with Tomoyuki Kimura. He started his musical career as a jazz bassist in 2005. In 2012 he won at Kanazawa Jazz Competition. He now plays all around Japan and also in Korea and Spain. He released a CD as a member of ‘Links Jazz Trio’ with Jun Miyakawa.
Born in Nissin, Aichi, Japan in 1983, Hiro Omori started to play drums at the age of ten. His first performance was with his father’s big band. After playing with various rock bands, Hiro decided to learn jazz music and entered the Nagoya school of the Koyo Conservatory of Music. In 2006 he received a scholarship to enter the Berklee College of Music in Boston. During his time there, Hiro kept searching for his own style of drumming. After graduating from Berklee, he moved to New York where he studied under the great jazz drummer, Ari Hoenig. At the same time, Hiro led his own band, performing at various venues. Returning to Japan in 2010, Hiro now actively performs in the Tokai area. He is also a drum instructor.