International jazz sensation Atsuko Hashimoto brings a freshness to the jazz repertory through her playing of the Hammond B3 and the piano. She began playing the organ at the age of four, and after exploring classical music in her teens she cultivated her passion for jazz and the jazz organ. She debuted in her hometown of Osaka, Japan, fronting her own quartet at the city’s 1992 jazz festival.
She quickly developed a reputation for her skills on the B3, creating complex melodic and harmonic compositions over a consistent, inventive, and hard-swinging bass line.
In the spring of 1999, Hashimoto made her splash in the U.S., lighting up the stage at clubs in New Orleans and San Jose. In the fall of that year, she played in San Francisco, performing to acclaim with guitarist Blues Furman. When she returned to Japan, she took American jazz legends with her.
Hashimoto’s career continues to grow. She has released several CDs, including Jazz Organ Tribute, Full Organ, and her most recent recording: Songs We Love.
Hashimoto currently maintains a busy performing and teaching schedule in metropolitan Osaka. Visiting jazz players frequently drop by to sit in with her trio and make music with one of the most exciting improvisors on the jazz organ today.
On Friday, July 27, at 7:30 pm, Atsuko Hashimoto headlines an extended set together with legendary tenor saxophonist Houston Person and drummer Jeff Hamilton. Reserved seats are $26/21; youth 18 or under attend for $9. Order tickets by calling Centrum at 360.385.3102, x117 or by following this link.