Originally from Japan, pianist Ayako Shirasaki showed an early talent for jazz and classical styles. As an adult, she moved to New York and entered the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Kenny Barron and Ted Rosenthal. She's gone on to establish herself as one of New York's finest jazz pianists.
On this 2006 episode of Piano Jazz, Shirasaki performs her compositions "Far Away" and "Falling Leaves."
Originally broadcast in the fall of 2006.
- "Con Alma" (Gillespie)
- "Oblivion" (Powell)
- "Isfahan" (Ellington, Strayhorn)
- "Stranger In A Dream" (McPartland)
- "Far Away" (Shirasaki)
- "Memories Of You" (Blake, Razaf)
- "Falling Leaves" (Shirasaki)
- "I'll Remember April" (DePaul, Johnston, Raye)