MIHOKO (piano)

Mihoko is a Japanese native jazz piano performer, composer, and educator. She holds B.M. with magna cum laude from Berklee College of Music at where she studied with Joanne Brackeen and met Jazz piano legend, Harvey Diamond (disciple of Lennie Tristano). She studied with him after graduating.

Her music has been inspired by many of jazz giants, especially Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Herbie Hancock, and Mulgrew Miller. Ravel, Debussy, and Poulenc are also her favorites as she was trained with classical music.

She has been performing in the U.S. and Japan in various venues and festivals with various bands including Latin jazz group and salsa bands, and small settings such as duo and solo. She performed Mary Lou Williams Concert at Union United Methodist Church as a part of Jazz At Union series. In 2010, a debut CD whose content is five originals and two standards was released and air-played on the NPR and Japanese FM. Sheila Jordan, a legendary jazz vocalist, commented,

“You play beautiful with a deep soul.”

Her piano trio on the CD (Thomas Hebb on bass, Yoron Israel on drums) toured in Japan in 2010.

Mihoko is a resident pianist at the Langham Boston since September 2013 as well as actively performing at many other places in Boston and NY.

GIG schedule


Latin jazz quartet
w/Esmie(vo) Masaki Takimura(perc) Toru Kamasuzu(b)


Yasuyuki Takagi Quartet@Jamusica N4W28, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Open 7:30pm Start 8:00pm
w/Yasuyuki Takagi(ts) Tadao Shigematsu(b) Naoki Takahashi(dr)


Okuno trio@Jericho S3W3 Chuo-ku, Sapporo
w/Yoshinori Okuno(as) Takumi Awaya(b)


Trad jazz3@Marukichi S14W6’ Chuo-ku, Sapporo
w/Hiro Abe (tp) Takeshi Toyoda(b)


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” …Very ceative interpretations brimming with impressionistic colors ensure. With a fundamental sincerity Mihoko Abe’s music consistently displays a memorable vitality, freshness and adventure! ”

~ JoAnne Brackeen, Jazz pianist (quote from the liner notes)

” You play beautiful with a deep soul.”

~ Sheila Jordan, Jazz vocalist

O’s Place Jazz Magazine CD Review

Mihoko – We’ll See 4/4
O’s Notes: Pianist Mihoko Abe leads a trio with Thomas Hebb (b) and Yoron Israel (d). They open with the pleasing sounds of “Whirling Away” one of six original tunes complimented by two standards. “We’ll See” has a jovial bossa nova beat highlighted by a strong silo by Israel. The energy between Hebb and Israel comes through on both takes of “Blue Light” a rousing blues tunes held together by Mihoko. She shines on the “If I Should Lose You” and her upbeat arrangement of “Yesterdays”. It is a strong modern jazz set.

D. Oscar Groomes
O’s Place Jazz Magazine
P.O. Box 38430
Charlotte, NC 28278

About “We’ll See” on JAZZ TOKYO by Kimio Oikawa:

October 15, 2010 –

Mihoko releases We’ll See
Stunning Jazz Piano Music From Boston

Boston, MA – Japanese born jazz pianist Mihoko Abe speaks lyrically through her piano on her debut release We’ll See. As a growing name in the Boston Jazz scene, Mihoko has already caught the attention of the likes of The Boston Globe, who did a feature on her stellar performances to crowds in subway stations.

Mihoko’s strength as a pianist lies in her ability to make the piano emote with gentle and delicate passages. Her light and nuanced piano style in the trio format will remind many listeners of groups like the BILL EVANS TRIO.

We’ll See is comprised of seven songs, as well as an alternative take of the third track, “Blue Light.” Of these, five are original compositions and two are interpretations of the classic standards “If I Should Lose You” and “Yesterdays.” There are influences on the record from modern, traditional and latin jazz. Mihoko has a way of linking all of her ideas together to create a cohesive package in all of these formats and the performances are poetic in their voicing and expressive in their tone.

Mihoko graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Berklee College of Music in 2005 with a major in piano performance. She has graced the stages of clubs including Scullers, Ryles, and The Beehive. Mihoko’s backing band features Thomas Hebb on the bass and Berklee’s Assistant Percussion Chair Yoron Israel on drums.

What will Mihoko bring us next? Well, as the title of her debut suggests, We’ll See.

Please check out Mihoko’s debut release We’ll See.
If you have any questions, comments or would like to set up an interview don’t hesitate to contact Rob Phillips at Powderfinger Promotions.
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Press contact: Rob Phillips, Powderfinger Promotions
800 356 1155 x4233

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