Joe’s Pub at the Public, presents Shunzo Ohno on August 13, 2016 Saturday, 7:00  

Tickets: $20 and $15 for students

425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003  (212) 967-7555


Shunzo Ohno, one of the most versatile and influential trumpeters in modern jazz, is honored to make his appearance at the world-renowned Joe’s Pub at the Public alongside his music colleagues Paul Bollenback (guitar), David Berkman (piano), Daryl Johns (bass) and Jerome Jennings (drums).

The spirited interplay of his band reveals the depth of skill and joy in spontaneity that is characteristic of Ohno’s ensemble performances. Shunzo Ohno’s experiences with Art Blakey, Gil Evans, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock cast an influence resulting with a force of anticipation and fresh vitality.

ReNew, Ohno’s newest release has been universally lauded by critics: 

“a flawless album… one of the best releases of the year”, Jazz Station’s Arnaldo DeSouteiro 

“enchanting, poignant, legendary qualities of character, …bravery and spirit of the samurai, to the landscape of music…with glistening virtuosity.” JazzDaGama, Raul DaGama

 “…this album fuses Ohno’s diverse influences into one melodious canvas, across which no single brushstroke is wasted... his proficiency and clarity of tone are matched by an emotional undercurrent all his own” All About Jazz, Tyran Grillo 


Born in Gifu Prefecture, Japan, Shunzo’s rise to prominence began in 1974, when he accepted an offer to perform with the legendary jazz drummer Art Blakey. Following his tenure with Blakey, Shunzo propelled with a series of important collaborations, including ones with Machito and his Afro-Cuban Orchestra, Wayne Shorter, Larry Coryell, Herbie Hancock, and Gil Evans, who was a long-time collaborator of Shunzo’s. Shunzo has recorded 16 albums as a leader and has been featured on two Grammy winning recordings.


Never Defeated: The Shunzo Ohno Story, Documentary Short, narrated by venerable friend, Buster Williams, was released April 1, 2016  also received acclaimed reviews:

“Clearly Shunzo Ohno is no ordinary man. A spectacular trumpeter and an even greater musician”JazzDaGama

Shunzo’s life encountered much adversity, including a serious automobile accident and the diagnosis of stage 4 throat cancer. Through these life-changing events, he creates inspiration to master the challenges and redevelop his unique sound. 

Recently, Shunzo won the International Songwriting Competition’s grand prize with his composition Musashi, making Shunzo the first jazz recipient of this prestigious award. Lea’s Run included on this recording, also won an award with the ISC.  

Shunzo’s world tours are concurrently supporting the recovery efforts following the tsunami/earthquake nuclear failure in Japan with 18 + visits to Northern Japan.  His own recovery experiences provoked his conviction for a harmonious world-wide society particularly within all recovering communities.


Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe's Pub at The Public opened in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public's mission of supporting young artists while providing established artists with an intimate space and superior acoustics to perform and develop new work. Joe's Pub consistently presents the best in live music and performance nightly, continuing its commitment to diversity, production values, community and artistic freedom. In addition, Joe’s Pub features seasonal dinner and bar menus from acclaimed Chef Andrew Carmellini. As part of The Public's programming downtown at its Astor Place home, Joe's Pub showcases talent from all over the world, hosting approximately 800 shows and serving over 100,000 audience members annually. 

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