Miho Nobuzane (pianist, vocalist, composer, arranger)
A versatile jazz pianist, composer, and vocalist Miho Nobuzane was born in Osaka, Japan, where she majored in classical piano during college. After she moved into New York, she began to distinguish herself immediately in the Brazilian music scene. Subsequently expanding to various music genres where she performed with such well-known great musicians as; Bernard "pretty" Purdie, Filo Machado, Sergio Brandao, Nilson Matta, Lincoln Goines, David Finck, Cafe, Portinho, Victor Jones, Hendrik Meurkens, Carla Cook, Bakithi Kumalo, Martha Reeves & Vandellas, and many others.
Her first album “Make YOU Happy” (Brazilian Jazz) has broadcasted worldwide including the biggest jazz FM radio station in New York “WBGO 88.3”, “Cultura” FM Radio Porto Alegre, Brazil, and was ranked No.3 in the Brazilian Jazz category of the year 2007 by Saul Zavarce, the on-air host and producer of “Fiesta Jazz” PBS FM 106.7 in Australia. She was also featured on "La Guagua" radiomix 89.1FM in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
? “MAKE YOU HAPPY” is an impressive release, in which Nobuzane deftly demonstrates well-honed skills as a pianist, composer, and arranger. No doubt she would be a powerful contributor as soloist and accompanist in almost any situation.? Clive Griffin (Jazz Improve magazine)
On January 2014, Miho just released her 2nd album “Simple Words ~Jazz loves Brazil” which includes 10 of her compositions out of 15 songs. It has broadcasted by WBGO 88.3FM “Latin Jazz Cruise”. In addition, her silky voice is showed off in the new album, more activity as a singer in the future is also expected.
" Miho's dynamic approach to the keyboard sets her apart from the others ! Her playing is refreshing and her crossover style is magnificent -- she plays it all. Miho's new CD has been well worth waiting for." Bernard “pretty” Purdie
"Miho Nobuzane ... wonderful songwriter and talented pianist ...
beautiful and melodic improvisations and a Brazilian swing in the heart ...
A great pleasure to play with Miho" Filó Machado
MIDWEST RECORD - CHRIS SPECTOR wrote : Kind of a pomo version of Brazilian jazz is flying out of her skillful finger tips with a result that lifts you up and takes you away. Tasty throughout, her playing is a certified breath of fresh air. Fun listening that never feels like listening at all as it plugs into you rather than asking you to plug into it, samba flavored jazz doesn't get any better than this. Well done.
Currently, Miho is a regular pianist of “Bernard Purdie & Friends” led by the world's most
recorded legendary drummer Bernard “pretty” Purdie. Miho also has performed with her own band at major New York City venues such as Blue Note New York, The Iridium, Kitano NY, Flushing Town Hall, BB King, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe's Pub, SOB's, Zinc Bar as well as touring the world.
Miho just performed in Sao Paulo Brazil for a concert sponsored by Japan Consulate in Sao Paulo at Espaço Cachuera on November 15th, 2014 with Filo Machado. Miho also performed with Martha Reeves & Vandellas at Auditorio Ibirapuera on November 16th, 2014.
” Her piano was magical, caressed by hands that glided over the keys with precision, grace and buoyancy. She added a lot of personality and flare to a show that was laden with heavy hitters in the jazz field. This show was Brazilian jazz at its best! " - Mary Andrews, Tucson Jazz Festival, January 2015
Miho will be a piano teacher for Brazilian Music Foundation School of Music in New York starting in 2015.