(by Kathe Molloy)
To: Area Entertainment Editors


Tiger Okoshi, trumpeter, composer, and recording artist will be hitting all the right notes on Sunday, March 19th at 4-7pm at the Newport Opera House in Newport, NH. Okoshi has been a fixture in the New England jazz scene for 20 years. After seeing Louis Armstrong perform in Japan Okoshi, then just 13 years old, took up the trumpet. While on his honeymoon in the US. in 1972 he and his new bride decided to stay. “We took greyhound all the way across country from Los Angeles to Boston, but we were running out of money,” Okoshi recalls. “The beauty of it gave me energy and fire. I knew I
couldn’t go back.” Speaking no English, they sold their return tickets, paid tuition at Berklee College of Music, and found a studio apartment.

Okoshi started to practice by the Charles River hoping someone would hear him and ask him to join a band. Which happened. Okoshi graduated Berklee in 1975, summa cum laude. He has performed with Mike Gibs Orchestra at Camagie Hall in New York, shared a concert with the legendary Bill Evans Trio.

He toured the entire US with The Buddy Rich Orchestra, taught at Berklee, recorded with and toured around the world with Gary Burton. Okoshi’s numerous jazz festival appearances include: North Sea Jazz Fest, Newport Jazz Festival,Topeka Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Vancouver, Toronto ,Calgary, and Quebec JazzFests, Ottawa Jazz Fest, Berlin Jazz Fest in Germany, Pori Jazz Festival in Finland,

Paris Art Fest, Banlieues in France. Along with the London Jazz Fest in England, theMiyazaki Jazz Fest inJapan and the Perugia jazz fest in Italy. Tiger’s fusion group “Tiger Baku” has appeared on cruise liner Queen Elizabeth 2 in August ’98 for the Newport Jazz Festival at sea.

Okoshi’s has received awards from: Collegiate Jazz Festival 1977 Outstanding Composer and Arranger, Boston Magazine_ Best Jazz Band 1988, Boston Music Awards: Best Jazz and Fusion Group ’88 and ’89, WFNX Best Music Poll_ Best Local Jazz Act’92, Victor Music in Japan: Hit records award for “82 Tiger’s Baku and ’90 for Face to Face, UPI Top Ten albums of 1993 for Echoes of a Note a tribute to Louis Armstrong.

Stereophile Magazine for Best Recording of the Month February 1995 for Two Sides to Every Story. Distinguished Alumni Award ’97 presented by Berklee College of Music, Global Appreciation Award ’97 presented by Boston Higashi School for Autistic Children to individuals who volunteer their time and talent to further advanced global awareness of contributions made by people with autism.

Okoshi has a distinctive identity, whether he’s blowing cool, burning hot, or laying on the funk and he will be dazzling the audience at the Newport Opera House with a top notch show of jazz and fusion on Sunday March 19th.

J.O.S.A’s rhythm section, The Wightlights, features Bill Wightman on piano, John Hunter on bass and Tim Gilmore on drums. Throughout each event we invite guest musicians from the audience to sit-in with the band. The result is most
always a stupendous display of jazz improvisation and musicianship. Typically, noted jazz musicians from around New England have been known to drop in, unannounced, to sit-in on the lO.S.A. sessions. The setting is a beautiful old
opera house dating back to the late 1800’s complete with balcony and box seats

graced with dark Victorian woodwork overlooking the stage. The main floor of the opera house will be set with small cafe tables and those attending can enjoy our full line of beverage refreshments. Tickets are eight dollars and can be purchased at the door. Advanced ticket sales and reserved seating are also available.

For more information regarding this event, the Newport Opera House Association please call the NORA at 863-0000 or Bill Wightman at Wightsteeple Productions at 763-0000.