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Ozone, Makoto

Ozone, Makoto, pianist; b. Kobe, Japan, March 25, 1961. 

Ozone became interested in jazz when he saw an Oscar Peterson concert at age 12.  He was playing with Tadao Kitano's band at age 15.  Went to Berklee right out of high school in 1980, studied with Phil Wilson, soon played in Gary Burton's band for 6 years.  First Japanese artist to sign contract with CBS. He returned to Japan 1989-92 and has since maintained residences in Tokyo as well as Boston.

Entry by ATKINS

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