raised in a very musical family, Eijiro started playing trumpet
at the age of 3 and trombone at the age of 5. By the time he was
6, he was performing "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You"
in his father's jazz band. At age 15, he recorded his first album,
"The Down Unders" with Rikya Masuda. Shortly after,
he produced his first solo CD in New York entitled "Eijiro
is also a highly sought-after classical trombone soloist. Since
his solo debut in 1996, Eijiro has appeared as soloist with the
Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, the Kosei Wind Orchestra, and Pershings
Own of the US Army Band. Eijiro is a founding member of the brass
octet, Samurai Brass who have recently released their first album,
Hagakure. Eijiro was recently
fluent in both jazz and classical idioms, Eijiro is in constant
demand in the recording studios. He can be heard on countless
records backing up some of the hottest artists in Japan as well
as being on many jingles,
As an educator, Eijiro has given masterclasses at the University of North Texas, the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, SUNY - Purchase College and most recently, was artist-in-residence at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Eijiro has also served on faculty at the Skidmore Summer Institute of Jazz.
With the support of Yamaha-Japan, Eijiro has designed his own model of tenor trombone, the YSL-895EN which is set to release on December 5, 2007. Eijiro plays and endorses Yamaha trombones and Monette mouthpieces exclusively.
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