Toshi Yanagi

  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Solo/ Duo Singer-Songwriter

"Song Writer from Los Angeles CA, USA"

In 1985, Toshi set foot on American soil. Spending the first year in San Francisco, he immersed himself into blues clubs every night. He played the guitar to overcome his language barrier, and soon enough he found himself performing on stage every week. A year later he moved to Los Angeles, a world-leading city where talented musicians gather to achieve their endless dreams. By joining Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Toshi absorbed Rock/soul/jazz/fusion,and contemporary music, and expanded personal network at the same time. When Toshi graduated from Musicians Institute in 1988, he agreed to take a teaching position which the school offered him enthusiastically. After six months, he stepped out to start off as a professional guitar player. 1992 was a year that brought him an encounter with a band which sets Cecilia Noel & Wild Clams. Supported by LA's top studio musicians, the band was popular at The Baked Potato, a renowned jazz club in LA. As a first Japanese musician to play every week at The Baked Potato, Toshi quickly became known among the packed audience. Through this opportunity, he joined Cecilia Noel & Wild Clams' German and Cuban tour, followed by various international tours such as Sovory's U.S. and Canadian tour, including the opening act for Sheryl Crow's European tour and for Bryan Adams' Italian tour(*3), and participated in numerous recordings. From 1997, Toshi's career makes a big leap by making appearance in a national network TV show VIBE produced by Quincy Jones. Band master and the keyboardist Greg Phillinganes strongly urged Toshi to play the guitar in his band. VIBE was a privileged music program which aired every weekday night, featuring guest stars as Herbie Hancock, Tower Of Power, Earth, Wind & Fire and James Brown,,.etc. Playing among the biggest names gave Toshi a firsthand knowledge of what it is like to be a part of well-established musicians with a big success, and helped him develop his professional skills. 2004 was a notable year in Toshi's career; he was named by Eikichi Yazawa, who is known to select topnotch international musicians, to join his Japan tour. Returning home after twenty years, this became his first opportunity to perform and tour professionally in Japan, since then Toshi participating in Yazawa's Album projects and Live Tours as of today !

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