Born in Tokyo, Japan, Nori studied classical flute from age 9 and started playing alto sax during high school when he taught himself Jazz. He became a studio and back up musician for many famous singers in Japan during his collage years. Nori came to Los Angeles in 1980 where he studied flute with Janet Ferguson (LA Philharmonic principal), James Newton and Jim Walker. He became friends and played with jazz legends including Ray Brown, Gene Harris, Sam Most, Hubert Laws and many other great players.

Hiro Morozumi (Piano, Guitar & Trumpet)
Edwin Livingston (Bass)
Peter Erskine (Drums & Percussion)
Isaac Ike Arostigui (Percussion 1,6&7)
Alan Broadbent (Piano 5)
Chuck Berghofer (Bass 5)
Harold Danko (Piano 8,9)
Tom Warrington (Bass 8,9)
Alan Pasqua (Piano 10)
Damian Erskine (Bass 10)
Tomoko Kihara (Koto 10)
Kuniyoshi Sugawara (Shakuhachi 10)
Paul Cartwright (1st violin 10)
Ina Veli (2nd Violin 10)
Lauren Baba (Viola 10)
Artyom Manukyan (Cello 10)
Marcelo Berestovoy (Guitar & Bass 11)

"As far as I’m concerned, one of the more welcome sounds in jazz is the flute.  Making this album, I learned to respect Nori's great ear and talent. It’s high time that he shares his gift with the world … his time has arrived. Congratulations, Nori … and welcome.”         

— Peter Erskine

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