2011tokyoTakeshi Ogura (b. June 17, 1962)

Guitarist, composer Takeshi Ogura became a staple in New York music scene soon after he decided to dedicate much of his time to play. His primaly style of music is jazz but he has explored many different genres to expand his musical vocabulary.

Originally from Tokyo, Japan. Studied piano and trumpet first and switched to the guitar. Moved to New York City in 1988 and studied jazz guitar with Chuck Wayne while attending The College of Staten Island where he studied harmony and composition with Dr. Joseph Scianni.

Now lives in the Bronx. He formed a funk-jazz band, New project with Alan Eicher, Rondew Monroe and Greg Brown in 2012. Besides playing with his own trio,  he had engagements include performances with trumpeter Duke Jones, Norman Connors and Starship Orchestra and bassist Bill Crow. He now plays regularly at Paris Blues in Harlem, with John Cooksey on Mondays and Tyrone Govan on Thursdays.

photo by Eddy Ogura 2011

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