Hajime Yoshida

Hajime Yoshida is originally from Chiba, Japan. He started playing the guitar at the age of 15. After a year studying how to play the instrument by himself, his parents decided to give him professional lessons by local recording musicians. Even though his interest was playing rock music at first, he went into playing improvised music and jazz as well during his high school period.

Yoshida spent 6 years of studying jazz guitar/composition at The University of North Texas. While he was living in Denton, TX, he gained a lot of experience playing with great local musicians. Druing this time, Yoshida studied with his mentor guitarist Fred Hamilton. Yoshida also received a scholarship in jazz studies while he was attending the college.

Yoshida has also studied with Antonio Hart, David Berkman, Jeb Patton, Johannes Weidenmuller, and Paul Bollenback at Aaron Copland School of Music while he is obtaining a master's degree in music performance. Yoshida moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2009, and has been a very active musician in New York until now, frequently holds shows in New York venues.

Not only is Yoshida a fine guitar player and improviser, but he is also an excellent composer. His compositions attract people by contrasting simple, memorable melodies with complex harmonic and rhythmic ideas. Hajime's debut album Unlimitation showcases his compositions as well as the talents of Sylvester Onyejiaka on tenor saxophone, Yuka Tadano on bass, and Keita Ogawa on drums.