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Toshiko Akiyoshi discography

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Toshiko Akiyoshi discography
Studio albums59
Live albums20
Compilation albums9
Video albums4

Since her debut recording for Norgran Records in 1954, jazz pianist, composer, arranger and big band leader Toshiko Akiyoshi has recorded continuously – almost exclusively as a leader of small jazz combos and of her big bands – averaging one studio album release per year for well over 50 years. She has also recorded several live albums in solo, small combo and big band settings, including three big band concert videos. Akiyoshi has released multiple albums for Victor / BMG, Nippon Columbia, Toshiba, Discomate, Nippon Crown and other labels in Japan and for Norgran / Verve, RCA, Columbia / Sony, Concord and her own Ascent label in the US. All of her big band recordings and nearly all of her other early works have been re-issued on CDs over the years.

Toshiko Akiyoshi recordings as leader or co-leader

Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band

Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra featuring Lew Tabackin

Video recordings


General compilations

Small combo compilations

Big Band / Jazz Orchestra compilations

Inclusion in other compilations

  • A History of King Jazz Recordings, King Records
  • Columbia Jazz: Limited Edition (1994, Sony)
  • 'S Paradise, The Gershwin Songbook and Complete Gershwin Songbooks (1995, PolyGram / Verve)
  • Big Band Renaissance (1996), Smithsonian Collection
  • RCA Victor 80th Anniversary, Vol. 6 (1970-1979) and RCA Victor 80th Anniversary [Collector's Edition] (1997, RCA)
  • The Music of Duke Ellington: Jazz Piano Essentials (2000, Concord)
  • The Best of Newport '57: 50th Anniversary Collection (2007, Verve)
  • Others...

Appearances on other recordings

Appearances on other albums

  • Shōtarō Moriyasu, etc.: The Historic Mocambo Session '54, Vol. 4 (Rockwell - Polydor (Japan)) and The Complete Historic Mocambo Session '54 (Rockwell - Polydor / Universal)
  • Barney Wilen Quartet: Newport '59 (1959, Fresh Sound Records)
  • Charles Mingus: Charles Mingus At Birdland - The Complete Session - BAT 5-8 (Italy, unissued), and other unauthorized releases of material from the 1961/62 Birdland recordings known as the "Boris Rose tapes"[6]
  • Charles Mingus: The Town Hall Concert (1963, United Artists), and the expanded re-issue The Complete Town Hall Concert (1994, Blue Note)
  • Louie Bellson / Buddy Rich: Are You Ready for This? (1965, Roost)
  • Lew Tabackin Quartet: Day Dream (1976, RCA Victor), Trackin' (1976, RCA Victor), ...
  • Lew Tabackin & Warne Marsh: Tenor Gladness (1976, Discomate / Inner City) and Unsung Cat: The Life and Music of Warne Marsh (2001, Storyville)
  • Various Artists: (Conrad Silvert Presents) Jazz at the Opera House (1982, Columbia)
  • Various Artists: Jazz Celebration: A Tribute To Carl Jefferson (1992, Concord)
  • Yoshio Suzuki: My Dear Pianists (2009, Space Shower Music (Japan))
  • Others...

Appearances as guest conductor

Appearances in other videos

  • Monterey Jazz Festival 1975 (2007, Storyville Films)
  • Jazz Shots From The West Coast, Vol. 1 (2005, Efor Films)
  • Southern Crossing (1981) - Australian documentary by producer Richard Bradley
  • Piano Grand, A Smithsonian Celebration (2000, Sony)
  • Jazz Is My Native Language (c. 1982) - documentary

Discography notes

a) In the main chronological listing, years shown may reflect the album's original recording session year(s), which is typically, but not always, the album's initial release year. More specific release date info can be found in the infobox on each album's article page.
b) This discography includes some albums that were released only in Japan and others that were released only in the USA or Europe.
c) Occasionally, a single recording, released in two different regions and/or at different times by different record labels, will have two different titles. Example: Toshiko's Piano and Amazing Toshiko Akiyoshi.
d) Different record labels have occasionally re-used the same or similar title for different Akiyoshi albums. Examples: Long Yellow Road (3), Sumie (2), Time Stream (2), etc.
e) Some Akiyoshi albums, when exported from Japan, may be identified in listings only by the Japanese version of the (original English) title. For example SHIO GIN NAN = Salted Gingko Nuts and HANA KAI TAN = Tales of a Courtesan.
f) In some listings of Akiyoshi albums exported from Japan, a recording may be identified by the re-translation into English of the recording's common Japanese title, which may not match the original English album title. For example, the big band album European Memoirs, in Japan is typically referred to as simply MEMOWARU (メモワール = Japanese phonetic spelling of the word "Memoir"). When re-translated back into English, this title sometimes becomes Memoir (without the preceding "European") or Memory (i.e. the English translation of the English (French) word "Memoir(e)").


  1. ^ "Toshiko Akiyoshi". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Toshiko Akiyoshi Catalog - album index". Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  3. ^ Reich, Howard (13 November 1994). "Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra: Desert Lady-Fantasy (Columbia).One..." Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  4. ^ VIEW DVD Listing
  5. ^ Mosaic Select 33, Mosaic Records Archived 2008-10-06 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 19 September 2008.
  6. ^ Ontonnen, Esa. The Birdland Broadcasts 1961-1962. Accessed 26 December 2007
  7. ^ Album review by Jack Bowers,, Accessed 8 July 2008.
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