Post-bop jazz Artist favorably compared to jazz great
She studied at the Berklee College of Music after which she relocated to New York City.
Her song Trinity was featured in Blue Note: A Story of Modern Jazz, a 1997 documentary.
She was born in Kyoto and grew up in Tokyo where her family nurtured her talents by enrolling her in classical piano lessons.
She credited Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and Ornette Coleman as being her artistic inspirations.