Press Release: ArtPower 2016–17 Season Opens with Takuya Kuroda

Joanna Szu

La Jolla, CA—ArtPower at UC San Diego’s 13th season opens with a performance from rising jazz star Takuya Kuroda. “A transcendent horn player” (Washington Post), Kuroda’s inventive composition includes everything from jazz, funk, hip-hop, and Afro-beat. A fixture on the New York scene for the past decade, he has performed with big league players such as Valery Ponomarev, Junior Mance, Greg Tardy, and Andy Ezrin. On Saturday, October 22, trumpeter Kuroda performs with his quintet from his most recent album, Rising Sun, his Blue Note debut as well as a few new works from his latest album Zigzagger (to be released on October 7, 2016), incorporates influences from post-bop, neo-soul, hip-hop, and electronica. The performance takes place at The Loft at UC San Diego. Tickets are $23–35 and can be ordered online at or by phone at 858.534.TIXS (8497).

About Takuya Kuroda

Takuya Kuroda, an ascendant trumpeter and composer, is perhaps best known for his inspired presence in vocalist José James’ band. The 33-year-old Japanese-born, Brooklyn-based musician has been leading his own bands and has self-released and self-produced three previous albums. Making his first trip to the U.S. just 13 years ago to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz musician, Kuroda is a forward- thinking artist with a bent towards mixing post- pop and adventurous soul-jazz. With his inventive compositions, which include everything from jazz, funk, hip-hop, and Afro-beat, he is primed to become a major voice on the 21st-century modern soul-jazz scene.