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Osaka, Masahiko

Osaka, Masahiko, drummer; b. Akita, Japan, 28 September 1966.

Best known for the quintet he co-led with Tomonao Hara (b. Kanagawa, Japan, Oct. 21, 1966).  Hara, a protege of Wynton Marsalis, began studying trumpet in elementary school brass band, and became interested in jazz in college.  Drummer Osaka, who grew up in a musical family, was awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music.  He played in Delfeayo Marsalis's band, while studying in the same classes with Roy Hargrove, Antonio Hart, and Geoff Keezer.  Osaka met Hara on his return in 1990, and the two began performing at Jazz Inn Lovely in Nagoya.  Within a couple of years the band had a record out and have been consistent favorites among Swing Journal readers.

Dawn Breaks (1992); def (1994); Favorites (1995).

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