Born in OSAKA, Atsuko started to play the organ at the age of four. She began to explore the B3 starting with popular songs and cutting her teeth on such jazz classics as Duke Ellington’s Take the A Train. She studied classical music for several years before choosing to dedicate herself to jazz music and the jazz organ.
In 1992 she fronted her own quartet at the Osaka Jazz Festival and Naniwa Arts Festival. In 1999 she debuted in the US, playing at clubs in New Orleans and Pearls club in San Francisco, where she performed with guitarist Bruce Forman’s group. In 2000 she shared the stage with Brother Jack Mc-Duff and his band on tour in Japan, and in September appeared with Dr. Lonnie Smith at Blue Note Osaka. That year she released her first CD, “Jazz Organ Tribute”.…full bio
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