Shota Osabe

Shota Osabe has been performing jazz since 1963. He has played to audiences in Japan and the US alongside such giants of jazz as Dizzy Gillespie and Ray Brown.
Shota started playing jazz clubs in Tokyo when he was 17 years old. He went on to make regular appearances on popular Japanese television shows. Since 1968 Shota has lived in San Francisco performing at jazz clubs and festivals. Over the years, he has played with Liza Minnelli, Bob Hope, Bobby Vinton, Sonny Stitt, Patti Page and Dizzy Gillespie. He has performed at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, SacramentoJazzJubilee,Jazz at Pearl's and the Stardust in Las Vegas.
In 2002, Shota released an album of his favorite songs - 14 standards done in his distinctive style. Happy Coat was recorded at Hollywood's Capitol Studio with jazz master Ray Brown on bass and Harold Jones on drums. The album was mixed by 19-time Grammy winner Al Schmitt.
Shota released Happy Count in 2006, an album of 14 tunes in the style of the king of swing, Count Basie. Harold Jones and James Hughart perform on the album, which features such beloved numbers as "Stompin' at the Savoy."
In 2008, Happy Coat was re-released as a high-definition recording. It immediately won best recording of the year from UK audiophile magazine High Fidelity, which calls it a "beautiful recording of jazz {with} delightful imaging and sonority."
Shota has also composed, arranged and produced numerous radio and television theme songs and commercials. A lifelong fan and performer of country music, Shota once arranged and produced a Maxwell House commercial with Kenny Rogers. And in 2001, Shota was invited to play pedal steel guitar ... along with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.
A member of ASCAP and the American Federation of Musicians Union (Local 6), Shota regularly volunteers his performances for local hospitals.

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