Rich, colorful and soulful pianist Takeshi Ohbayashi brings listeners an exhilarating concert experience.

A native of Hiroshima, Japan, Takeshi Ohbayashi began playing piano at the age of two.

Ohbayashi studied film scoring and composition at Tokyo College of Music, but it was not until he attended a jazz piano clinic during his freshman year, that he found his calling to jazz. He was awarded a scholarship to the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he began his studies in 2007. Following this, Ohbayashi was awarded the Best Player Award and the Audience’s Favorite Award in the 2009 Yokohama Jazz Competition. In Fall 2009, Ohbayashi was selected to be a part of the opening class of the honorable Berklee Global Jazz Institute, led by Danilo Perez. During his time in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Ohbayashi performed and taught alongside world class musicians in music clinics around the world.

Ohbayashi graduated from Berklee in 2011 and currently resides in New York City where he leads his own trio and co-leads the New Century Jazz Quintet, with Grammy award winning drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. Ohbayashi quickly garnered reputation as an in demand pianist/keyboardist between world class jazz musicians in New York City. Some of the notables that Ohbayashi has played with internationally include Takuya Kuroda, Jose James, Terri Lyne Carrington, Hailey Niswanger, Charles Turner III, Felix Peikli.

Ohbayashi performs both as a sideman and leader regularly at New York jazz staples such as: Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Small's and Smoke, to name a few. Frequently on tour, Ohbayashi has traveled domestically and internationally to over 30 different countries with a myriad of NYC based artists.

In 2016, Ohbayashi received 1st place at the Jacksonville Piano Competition, being the first Japanese pianist in history to do so. That same year, New Century Jazz Quintet won the DCJazzPrix at the DC Jazz Festival. 

In addition to his illustrious performing career, Ohbayashi is also an accomplished and reputable educator. He travels abroad to perform and teach with the tour organized by Jazz at Lincoln Center, JazzReach.

Ohbayashi has released 5 records as a leader. His most recent release, “Manhattan”, has received “Jazz Japan 2016 Album of the Year”


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2007年に渡米しバークリー音楽院に入学。翌年師事していたグラミー賞受賞ドラマーTerri Lyne Carringtonのバンドに加入し、プロ活動を始める。その後オーディションを経てジャズ音楽家育成コースBerklee Global Jazz Institute第一期生に選抜され、世界各地のジャズフェスティバルに出演する傍ら現地ミュージシャンへのマスタークラスを行う。

卒業と同時に拠点をニューヨークに移し、Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Smoke, Small's, Jazz Standard, Birdland等のNYC主要ジャズクラブに数多く出演しながら、Takuya Kuroda, Jose James, MISIA, Terri Lyne Carrington等の様々なバンドのツアーに参加し、これまでに約30カ国に上る世界各国のジャズフェスティバル、ジャズクラブにて演奏している。2016年にはジャズピアノの世界大会Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competitionにおいて日本人として初の優勝を果たす。
演奏活動と並行して、Jazz at Lincoln CenterやJazzReachによるジャズ教育普及活動にも積極的に参加し、世界各地で後進の育成やジャズ普及活動にも力を注いでいる。








TAkeshi Ohbayashi

  • "Introducing Takeshi Ohbayashi" 2011
  • "Feelin' Lucky" 2013
  • "Manhattan" 2016

New Century Jazz QUintet

  • "Time is Now" 2014
  • "Incase You Missed Us" 2015
  • "Arise" 2016
  • "Soul Conversion" 2017


  • Jonathan Greenstein "Vol 2" 2017
  • Misia "Misia Soul Jazz Session" 2017
  • Hajime Mizoguchi "Music Book-in the mood for jazz-" 2017
  • Tomohiro Mori "Uptown Bound" 2017
  • Takuya Kuroda "Zigzagger" 2016
  • J-SQUAD "Starting Five" 2016
  • "CAPCOM Monster Hunter:The Jazz" 2015
  • "CAPCOM Okami Jazz Arrange" 2015
  • Tomohiro Mori "Grand Slam" 2015
  • itellu "Planets" 2015
  • Darren Barrett "Live and Direct" 2014
  • Charles Turner "Dreamers" 2014
  • Felix Peikli "Royal Flush" 2014
  • Marie Davy "Double Entente" 2013
  • Hailey Niswanger "The Keeper" 2012
  • Takuya Kuroda "Six Aces" 2012
  • The MCL Quartet "Modern Rhythmic Usage" 2012
  • Art Felluca Group "Inward" 2011
  • East West Standard Time "Day Dreaming" 2011
  • Beantown Swing Orchestra "Trolley Song" 2011
  • Beantown Swing Orchestra "A Beantown Christmas" 2011
  • Kaoru Tanaka "Karma Under The Sun" 2010
  • Andrei Matorin "Opus" 2009
  • Hiromi Suda "Hiromi Suda" 2009
  • Simon Yu "Exotic Spaces" 2009
  • Simon Yu "Beginning..." 2008