|Tags:||jazz piano jazz piano japanese|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
25 March 1961, Kobe, Japan. Makoto is the son of one of Japans best jazz pianists, Minoru Ozone, and has a prodigious technique and a wide knowledge of jazz piano styles. He started on the organ at the age of four, but took up the piano in his teens after hearing Oscar Peterson. In 1980 he went to the USA to study composing and arranging at the Berklee College Of Music, and played a Carnegie Hall recital to open the Kool Jazz Festival of 1983. On Ozones arrival at Berklee he immediately impressed Gary Burton and was playing regularly with his quartet in 1985 when he was also playing in a duo with Michel Petrucciani. Alongside his jazz activities he has extensively studied classical piano playing. John Scofield joined Makotos regular cohorts Kiyoshi Kitagawa and Clarence Penn on three tracks for 1997s The Trio.