Yutaka Shiina is a Japanese pianist and composer. He became a professional pianist while still a student at the Kunitachi College of Music. Over the years, Shiina has been part of Roy Hargrove’s quartet, and a founding member of the Jazz networks, which he led from 1992. In 1994, he has formed his own trio with bassist Reginald Veal and drummer Masahiko Osaka.
In 2007 Shiina co-led a tour of the UK with trumpeter Damon Brown. The two played together in the UK again, under the leadership of Brown and saxophonist Steve Grossman, in 2012.
John Fordham of The Guardian compared Shiina with pianist Wynton Kelly and commented that Shiina “keeps his virtuosity throttled back and maintains a hip expressiveness by letting insinuations, nuances and implied swing, and the subtle tick of the rhythm section do much of the work.”
Yutaka Shina will be accompanied by JunJi Hirose on battery and Yuji Ito on double bass.