Akihiro Yoshimoto

Tenor sax, Soprano sax, Clarinet, Flute Player  /  Composer




Tokyo-based Saxophonist / Composer Akihiro Yoshimoto graduated from Berklee College of Music  in 2006,

studied with George Garzone, Joe Lovano, Frank Tiberi.

He won an excellent prize in the yokohama jazz competition 2007.

As a composer, he has received "FINALIST AWARD" at the “International Songwriting Competition 2014".

As a bandleader, He has released, "Blending Tone" (2012) , “Moving Color" (2015) and "Oxymoron" (2017) 

also his playing was featured on various groups and recordings including Aaron Choulai Quintet, Junko Onishi Sextet, Kei Kobayashi Quintet, Junko Moriya Big Band and many others.

Currently, he has joined Tokyo’s jazz scene  at various jazz clubs and appearances at jazz festivals including Wangaratta Jazz Festival 2010, Tokyo Jazz 2009, NHK FM Radio 2011-2017, Yokohama Jazz Promenade 2015-2018.

In 2014 he played with Diane Schuur Group at Takatsuki Jazz Festival, Japan.

In 2018 he played with Billy Childs Quartet at Blue Note Tokyo, Japan, also he played with Takuya Kuroda Group, Martha Kato Project, Miho Hazama Big Band and Miki Hirose Big Band in Tokyo.

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​Junko Onishi Sextet「

Aaron Choulai Quintet『VADA TAUDIA

Kei Kobayashi『The Standards』『The Standards 2

​Sumire Kuribayashi『Pieces of Color

Shun Ishiwaka『Clean Up

Motoi Kanamori「My Soul Meeting」

 James Macaulay「Today Will Be Another Day」

Mamiko Taira『Heart’s Calling

Kenichi Tsunoda Big Band『swing express Vol.1』『swing express Vol.2』『big band scale』『big band special

Akihiro Yoshimoto Quartet『Moving Color』『Blending Tone

Akihiro Yoshimoto, Takashi Sugawa『Oxymoron


Masaru Uchibori Big Band『A Dedication To Jazz Giants

Yasei Collective『Kodama』

Jun Furuya『Home Songs』