DIVA, FIVE PLAY, The DIVA Jazz Trio
Tomoko Ohno was born in Tokyo. After graduating from Rikkyo University in Law and Politics, she entered the Jazz Studies Program at William Paterson University in New Jersey, where she studied with Harold Mabern and Rufus Reid, among others. During this time Tomoko had the opportunity to perform with such artists as Jerome Richardson, Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson and Joe Henderson. A recipient of the Student Award of Outstanding Performance and a member of the Dean’s List, Miss Ohno graduated with a B.A. in Jazz Studies.
Tomoko has performed at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, The Blue Note, Sweet Basil and The Lenox Lounge in Harlem, in addition to appearing on live radio broadcasts by WBGO and WNYC. Besides working as a side musician with such diverse musical ensembles as the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble and Spirit of Life Ensemble, Miss Ohno has led her own group, releasing three CDs on the Japan-based Tokuma label. In 1997 her first album, Powder Blue was released, and in 1999 her second album, Affirmation was released, followed in 2000 by her most recent album Natural Woman.