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Ayako Shirasaki Show Song List

(Originally recorded February 6, 2006)

Ayako Shirasaki and Marian McPartland Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Pianist Ayako Shirasaki began taking classical piano lessons at the age of five. Her father, a jazz fanatic and trumpeter, encouraged her to learn jazz.
Before she was a teenager, her father had begun booking a number of gigs for her at jazz clubs around Tokyo, including regular appearances at Tokyo's "J" Jazz Club.

Ayako continued her classical studies, attending a performing arts high school and Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Upon graduation, Ayako performed as a classical player for several years, but she soon returned to jazz and began sitting in at clubs around Japan.

In 1997, Ayako moved to New York and two years later entered the Manhattan School of music where she studied with Kenny Barron and Ted Rosenthal. She has since established herself on the New York scene, having played at the Blue Note, Metronome and Sugar Hill Bistro among other notorious jazz spots. Ayako has released several cds including two self produced works and her most recent solo album, Home Alone.

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Set List for Ayako Shirasaki on Piano Jazz:
  • Con Alma (Gilespie)
  • Oblivion (B. Powell)
  • Isfahan (Ellington, Strayhorn)
  • Stranger In A Dream (McPartland, Caeser)
  • Far Away (Shirasaki)
  • Memories of You (Blake, Razaf)
  • Falling Leaves (Shirasaki)
  • I'll Remember April (DePaul, Johnston, Raye)