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International award winning trumpeter Shunzo Ohno is considered one of the most versatile and influential trumpeters of modern jazz.

Born in Gifu, Japan, Shunzo's rise to prominence began in 1974 when he accepted an offer to perform with the legendary jazz drummer Art Blakey. Following his tenure with Blakey, Shunzo propelled with a series of important collaborations, including ones with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Larry Coryell, Machito and his Afro-Cuban Orchestra, and Gil Evans. Shunzo has recorded 16 albums as a leader and featured on two Grammy Award recordings.

Shunzo's life encountered much adversity, including a serious automobile accident and stage 4 throat cancer. Through both of these life-changing events, Shunzo creates inspiration in his recovery process and development of a unique sound with a musical voice that is admired around the world. In 2014, Shunzo won the International Songwriting Competition's Grand Prize with his composition "Musashi" as the first jazz recipient of this prestigious award. The following year, he won global recognition for his song "Lea's Run," which was composed for one of his daughters. The documentary short Never Defeated: The Shunzo Ohno Story highlights the song "Musashi" and life's challenges and triumphs.

On April 1, 2016 he performed in concert at the NYC Symphony Space with his recent CD, ReNew. He visited Northern Japan to re-visit families effected by the tsunami/earthquake 5 years ago. The new CD, reflects his commitment to revitalize a profound sensibility to life. ReNew includes elements of the traditional jazz language, hip hop, spoken word, and free jazz, creating a tapestry of modern jazz that is distinctly Shunzo Ohno's voice.