Masahiro Sakuma Drummer/Composer
Masahiro Sakuma is from Brooklyn NY. Originally a native of Japan. He was born on May 14 in Tokyo, Japan. He was first inspired to play drums by his father who told him not to play drums, "play Max Roach (Jazz legend)".He began playing drums professionally at amusement park in Japan. His first job with a jazz musician was accompanying Kazuhiro Yoshida who is legendary jazz saxophonist in Japan. He also played with famed Toku and Pianist Yutaka Shiina.
Masahiro Sakuma received a scholarship to The Berklee College Of Music in Boston. There he studied drums with Joe Hunt. After he graduated from The Berklee College Of Music, Masahiro moved to New York. Masahiro Sakuma began performing numerous gigs in NY. In 2004, he recorded his first album called NEY YORK UNITED featuring Eric Wyatt, Dan Kostelnik , Keyon Herrold and Masahiro Sakuma. Co-leader of the group New York Uuited with saxophonist Eric Wyatt, they have performed noumerous gigs. Also there have been several feature articles about New York United in publication such as All About Jazz, Jazz Life and Drum Magazine. It was New York United that Masahiro’s writing abilities were exposed to the public. That experience led to a gig with Jazz Legend, saxophonist James Spaulding. In 2006 Masahiro Sakuma played with young jazz master Anthony Wonsey. In 2010, Masahiro was invited for Jazz Festivals in Japan and toured with Anthony Wonsey. In 2010, Masahiro has joined and played Joey Morant and catfish stew. Currently he has begun to work his own unit.
Masahiro Sakuma has studied art of jazz drumming with jazz drum masters such as Victor Lewis, Ben Riley and Louis Hayes. He has also translated a series of Peter Erskin’s drum instruction book from English to Japanese .These instruction books are published by in Japan and become text book for Japanese high school jazz band.He devote himself to the heritage of jazz drumming and to be a bridge between two countries and generations to contribute to great American art form of jazz.