Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura look under Tamura. Fujii Natsuki Tamura is a leading creative improvising trumpeter who consistently produces original and thoughtfully diverse works. Tamura was born in Otsu Shiga, Japan on July 26, 1951. He first heard the horn when he was a member his junior high brass band. After graduating from high school, Tamura played professionally in many groups including the World Sharps Orchestra and Consolation. He also played in the New Herd Orchestra and the Music Magic Orchestra. From 1973 to 1982, Tamura appeared on many Japanese national television programs, including Kirameku Rhythm, Music Fair, The Best Ten and Music Fair. He arrived in the United States in 1986 to study at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. In Japan, he performed and taught at the Yamaha Popular Music School. He then returned to Boston to continue his studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. Tamura has created a staggering number of group configurations since 1990, surpassing Fujii. These include his quartet Tobifudo and solo trumpet recordings and performances, as documented on the Leo label CD “A Song for Jyaki”, duos and large ensemble projects with Fujii. A trio was also recorded with Jim Black and Aaron Alexander, on White 2000.