Origin: Saitama, Japan
Rina is a jazz piano player originally from Japan.
Rina has played keyboard in Jonathan Batiste’s Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show with Stephan Colbert. She was nominated as “Jazz Artist of the Year” by the Boston Music Award 2018. Rina entered the prestigious Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition. She was awarded Second Place and also received the Nu Jazz Agency’s Chico & Lupe O’Farrill Award for Best Original Composition. Rina also had the opportunity to tour in Europe, US and Japan as well as performances at Smalls and at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York City.
Before coming to the US, Rina studied under Makoto Ozone in Tokyo. Rina was named one of “60 New Jazz Artists” in an article in Jazz Japan.
Presenting Rina's Original Composition
Rina Yamazaki (Piano)
Peter Washington (Bass)
Neal Smith (Drums)
Press and Article
Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition 2018