jazz piainist, arranger, composer
Takaaki Otomo is a jazz piano player based in NYC, originally from Hyogo,Japan. He began playing classical piano at the age of 5. At 15, he encountered jazz music by listening to Oscar Peterson.
Studying under Tadao Kitano, one of the most renowned players in western Japan, he proved his ability by becoming the first winner of the grand prize at the Kobe Next Jazz Competition in October 2007. He moved to NYC in 2014.
Since he moved to NYC, both as a leader and a sideman he has been playing at numerous jazz venues in NYC, such as Jazz at Kitano, St. Peter’s Church, Cleopatra's needle, Arturo's, Cornelia Street cafe, 55bar etc.
He has had the privilege to perform with Jay Clayton, Rodney Green, Lonnie Plaxico, John Burr, Jim Commack, Carol Fredette, Gerry Gibbs, and Jerome Jennings.
In 2017, he released his leader album called "New Kid In Town" produced by Bernard Hoffer with Noriko Ueda(bass) and Jared Schonig(drums).
He got an interview by Downbeat magazine in April 2018. Phillip Lutz wrote "His improvisations float easily above the rhythmic and harmonic shifts, straying just far enough from the tonal center to add interest without calling undue attention to themselves.".