Tiger Okoshi

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Background information
Birth nameToru Okoshi
Born (1950-03-21) March 21, 1950 (age 73)
Ashiya, Hyōgo, Japan
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion
Years active1972–present

Toru "Tiger" Okoshi (born March 21, 1950) [1] is an American jazz fusion trumpeter born in Ashiya, Japan. [1]


After studying at Kwansei Gakuin University, Okoshi moved to the U.S. in 1972. [1] In 1975 he completed studies at the Berklee College of Music. Okoshi collaborated in the 1970s with Gary Burton, [1] and played with the Mike Gibbs Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in 1974. Following this he toured with Buddy Rich. In the early 1990s, he played in George Russell's Living Time Orchestra and recorded with Bob Moses. In the early 2000s he recorded several songs on the album Orpheus Again by Bruce Arnold. [2]


As leader

As sideman

With Bruce Arnold

With Gary Burton

With Lorraine Desmarais

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  3. "Tiger Okoshi | Album Discography". AllMusic . Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  4. "Lorraine Demarais | Live au Club Soda". AllMusic . Retrieved 12 November 2018.