pianist, composer, arranger

The Japanese-born pianist, composer Kyoko Oyobe has been a mainstay in the New York jazz scene since 2005.  She started playing piano at the age of four.  At the age of 17 her mother started inviting famous Japanese musicians, such as Terumasa Hino to give concerts at their home. At the age of 19 she was greatly inspired by a live performance of Kensaku Tanikawa and began playing jazz piano. In 2000 she started traveling to New York. She studied under Frank Hewitt, Jean Michel Pilc and Gil Coggins. In October 2005 she moved to New York and it didn’t take long for Kyoko to make her mark. She started performing with her own group at New York City’s renowned jazz clubs, such as Smalls Jazz Club and Fat Cat. In December 2008 she made a live recording of her original music with the group, Kyoko Oyobe Trio at Smalls Jazz Club that gave birth to the album, “Cookin’ at Smalls” released in 2009. In July 2014 she made a recording with her quartet, Steve Wilson, Matt Wilson and Michael O’Brien. The new album ” Happy Silence ” will be released soon.


Since then she has been performing and composing internationally with such notables as Chris Parker, Tom Harrell, Victor Lewis, Steve Wilson, Matt Wilson, Greg Osby, Gene JacksonBill McHenry, Francois Moutin, Clifford Barbaro, Joe Magnarelli, Sophie Alour, Sylvia Cuenca, to name a few. She has headlined at many well-known jazz venues in New York, such as the Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, The Kitano, Garage, 55 Bar, Fat Cat, Sofia’s, etc. In Japan, she is also known for touring regularly with her trio at Body and Soul (Tokyo), Left Alone (Ashiya), Speak Low (Hiroshima), New Combo (Fukuoka), Renaiss Hall (Okayama) and many others. In October 2011, Kyoko had a special three-week French tour in which she was invited to share her music with French female artists throughout many Jazz clubs in Paris. Her prowess as a superlative jazz pianist is recognized internationally by musical peers who regularly invite her to accompany them.


For the past six years she has been composing and arranging for her trio with Michael O’Brien and Clifford Barbaro with who she plays regularly in the New York area and also tours with in Japan. As her musical compositions evolved, she recently crafted a new vehicle for her prolific writing and arranging skills with The Kyoko Oyobe Quartet featuring Steve Wilson, Michael O’Brien and Matt Wilson; an open and adventurous musical collaboration that render a magical performance.


Kyoko Oyobe is a gifted artist who explores different modes of expression conveyed within a subtext of intimacy found in duets with trumpeters, like Tom Harrell and Joe Magnerelli or through original compositions inspiring and reflected in novels by the renowned Japanese novelist, Rui Kodemari. She travels through music instilling an essence and distinct color that borrow from Be-Bop to Brazilian and Free Jazz to French-Impressionist, early 20th century voicings, yet sealing her own inimitable style.



Kyoko Oyobe Quartet ” Happy Silence “

Chris Parker “The Chris Parker Trio”

Kyoko Oyobe Trio, “Cooking at small’s”

Kyoko Oyobe Trio, “The Other Side”

Michael O’Brien Trio, “Tunes I like to play”

Manuela Le Chler “Sketches From Here”

Kyoko Ogawa, “The Moon Sings To The Sea”

Oyobe, Montier-Dauriac, Keledjian Trio, “Bigo 13th”



When you click here, you can order Kyoko’s 1st album ” Cookin at smalls”.
The review at All About Jazz New York, Italia.

It has been her pleasure to perform at such as great venues, Smalls Jazz clubFat CatGarageArturo’s55 BarMintonBlue Note New YorkThe KitanoBody & SoulLeft AloneMoldy FigSofia’sNuyorican poet cafeRoth’sMarxDuane Park,  Chez Papa Jazz , La Bellevilloise, Cafe Paris, Cafe UniversalBabel Cafe.

It has been her pleasure to perform with such wonderful musicians as: Tom Harrell,  Chris ParkerVictor LewisJoe Magnarelli, Steve WilsonMatt WilsonBill McHenry, Greg Osby, Gene Jackson, Francois Moutin, Dave King, Chris Speed, Randy Brecker, Ben Monder, Tony Middleton, Ameen Saleem, Alex NorrisTroy RobertNed GooldSaul RubinClifford BarbaroMichael O’BrienBilly Kaye, Stacy Dillard, Martin Wind, Rogerio Boccato, Moira Montier-Dauriac, Roy HargroveSharel CassityJade SynstelienElisabeth KeledjianSophie Alour, Tyler Mitchell, Zaid Nasser,  Oyama × Nitta DuoTony Jefferson, Tex Allen, Jon BurrFukushi TainakaHide Tanaka,  Ippei IchimaruEnrique HaneineJoseph LeporeRuslan KhainIris Ornig , Yoshi Waki , Linda OhAi MurakamiJohn RocheMarion CownigDavid CossAri RolandPhil StewartDiallo HouseDebbie KennedyAlexi DavidYasushi Nakamura, Luca SantanielloYoshiro OkazakiTal RonenSylvia CuencaSteve WoodOleg OsenkovCorcolan HoltEvan SchwamRyo SasakiScot Albertson, Rome Neal, Reid Taylor, Phil Maturano, Mauricio de SouzaKenji YoshitakeChris BenhamJoshua BreakstoneJosh BenkoKaori YamadaTsuyoshi NiwaAsako TakasakiKuriko TsugawaNobuki TakamenManuela Le ChlerTomoko MikiKyoko OgawaOkaru LovelaceJimmy LovelaceMichelle ZangaraDwayne ClemonsJoe StrasserLucianna PadmoreJimmy WormworthJimmy NormanEyal VilnerEddy KhamovichDavid WeissCraig Wuepper, Craig Holiday Haynes, Clovis Nicolas,  Chris Haney, Charles GooldBrian WoodruffKalim Gherbi, Olivier Rivaux, Nicolas RageauGael HorellouWilliam AshErika KapinJason Ennis, Carlos Raul Abadie, Fabio MorgeraFrederika KrierG Earl Grice, John LangPaul BeaudryTerese Genecco.

Her musical collaborators and audiences all say that she created her original unique sound in music.