Toshi Yanagi

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Toshi Yanagi

Toshi Yanagi joined the Tokyo Junior Philharmonic Orchestra, showing his parents a promising future as a classical musician they always wished him to be. However, just one year later, an eight-year old Toshi saw a new dawn(*2). It was through FEN (Far East Network) radio, that he became aware of this extraordinarily distinct and organic style of music he had never been exposed to --- the rock music --- and dived right into the music by the heroes of rock, such as Deep Purple, YES, Led Zeppelin, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Lukather and Jeff Beck. Awaken by their overwhelming revelation he left his violin and piano, and instead picked up an electric guitar, to celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in his musical life. In 1985, Toshi set foot on American soil moving to LA and joining Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Toshi absorbed jazz/fusion, soul and contemporary music. 1992 was a year that brought him an encounter with a band which sets a major turning point in Toshi's life; Cecilia Noel & Wild Clams, he joined their German, Cuban and various international tours including the opening act for Sheryl Crow's European tour and for Bryan Adams' Italian tour, and numerous recordings. In 1997, Toshi's career makes a big leap as he appears in a national network TV show VIBE produced by Quincy Jones. Band master and the keyboardist Greg Phillinganes strongly urged Toshi to play the guitar in his band. VIBE was a privileged music program featuring guest stars as Herbie Hancock, Tower Of Power, Earth, Wind & Fire and James Brown, etc. Playing among the biggest names Toshi gains firsthand knowledge which further develops his professional skills. In 1998 he joined Taylor Dayne & Men At Work's U.S. & Canadian tour. As an in-house guitarist, Toshi appeared in national network TV shows including NBC's "The Martin Short Show" and ABC's "The Wayne Brady Show". As a session guitarist he played on "Today Show" and "The Tonight Show" with Tony Braxton. In 2001 he joined Grammy winning Latin rock band La Ley's album for "MTV Unplugged", Microsoft Xbox game "Forza Motorsport", and a sound track album of "Two For The Money", an Universal Pictures film starring Al Pacino. In 2004 Toshi's was named by Eikichi Yazawa, who personally selects topnotch international musicians, to join his "Fifty Five Way" Japan tour. Returning home for the first time in twenty years for a Japan debut perform and tour including the big Budokan show. Toshi participated in Yazawa's album "Only One" the following year, and was called back again to join his next club tour "The Live House Roots". In 2006, a crowd of forty-thousand cheered for Toshi who played with Yazawa at Rock In Japan Festival held in Tsukuba, Ibaragi. Currently, Toshi is the in-house band member of the ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live", also playing one of the characters in the show. In order to fully enjoy his exquisite guitar play, check out the monthly performance of Shogun Warrior at The Baked Potato. With Jeff Babko on keyboards and Toss Panos on drums, there is no better place to feel Toshi's standout guitar to its fullest! 2015 brings the Buzz Wizards debut with Jorgen Carlsson Bassist/producer. WACBIZ is honored to host Toshi Yanagi, his catalogue is featured here for all your Film & TV needs!

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