Kyoko Oyobe is a pianist from Japan. She started playing piano at the age of four. At the age of seventeen, her mother started inviting famous Japanese musicians such as Terumasa Hino to have the concerts at her parent’s house. At the age of nineteen, she was greatly inspired by the live performance of Kensaku Tanikawa and began playing jazz piano. In 2000 she started traveling to New York. She studied under Frank Hewitt and Gil Coggins. In October 2005 she moved to New York and started performing at New York City’s renowned jazz clubs, such as Smalls jazz club and Fat Cat now regularly with her own band. In December 2008 she made a live recording of her original music with her trio at Smalls jazz club, and her album “ Cookin’ at Smalls ” was released in 2009.
It has been her pleasure to perform at such as great venues, Smalls Jazz club, Fat Cat, Garage, Arturo’s, 55 Bar, Minton, Blue Note New York, The Kitano, Moldy Fig, Sofia’s, Nuyorican poet cafe, Ido Sushi, Roth’s, Marx, Duane Park, Chez Papa Jazz , La Bellevilloise, Cafe Paris, Cafe Universal, Babel Cafe.
It has been her pleasure to perform with such wonderful musicians as: Tom Harrell, Joe Magnarelli, Tony Middleton, Chris Parker, Ned Goold, Saul Rubin, Clifford Barbaro, Michael O’Brien, Billy Kaye, Moira Montier-Dauriac, Roy Hargrove, Sharel Cassity, Jade Synstelien, Elisabeth Keledjian, Sophie Alour, Tyler Mitchell, Zaid Nasser, Oyama × Nitta Duo, David Shaich, Fukushi Tainaka, Hide Tanaka, Ippei Ichimaru, Enrique Haneine, Joseph Lepore, Ruslan Khain, Iris Ornig , Yoshi Waki , Linda Oh, Ai Murakami, John Roche, Marion Cownig, David Coss, Ari Roland, Phil Stewart, Diallo House, Debbie Kennedy, Alexi David, Yasushi Nakamura, Luca Santaniello, Yoshiro Okazaki, Tal Ronen, Sylvia Cuenca, Steve Wood, Oleg Osenkov, Corcolan Holt, Evan Schwam, Mayu Saeki, Ryo Sasaki, Scot Albertson, Rome Neal, Reid Taylor, Phil Maturano, Mauricio de Souza, Kenji Yoshitake, Chris Benham, Joshua Breakstone, Josh Benko, Kaori Yamada, Tsuyoshi Niwa, Asako Takasaki, Kuriko Tsugawa, Nobuki Takamen, Manuela Le Chler, Tomoko Miki, Kyoko Ogawa, Okaru Lovelace, Jimmy Lovelace, Michelle Zangara, Dwayne Clemons, Joe Strasser, Lucianna Padmore, Jimmy Wormworth, Jimmy Norman, Eyal Vilner, Eddy Khamovich, David Weiss, Craig Wuepper, Craig Holiday Haynes, Clovis Nicolas, Chris Haney, Charles Goold, Brian Woodruff, Kalim Gherbi, Olivier Rivaux, Nicolas Rageau, Gael Horellou, William Ash, Erika Kapin, Jason Ennis, Carlos Raul Abadie, Fabio Morgera, Frederika Krier, G Earl Grice, John Lang, Paul Beaudry, Terese Genecco.
Her musical collaborators and audiences all say that she created her original unique sound in music.