Pianist Nora Maki was born in
Osaka, Japan. She started her first piano lesson at age 6. She studied
classical piano with Katsuyuki Mastui and musicianship with Masaru Adachi at
Osaka College of Music.
Encountering jazz music in her late
teens has changed her way of making music to her own terms. She studied
the piano style of Art Tatum & Oscar Peterson with Minoru Ozone. Interested
in jazz & American culture, she was exposed herself to a broad range of
American music from Miles Davis to James Brown.
After immigrating to United States
of America in 1989, she went back to school and studied advanced jazz
arrangement, theory, harmony & history and jazz combo under the direction
of Andrew Speight at San Francisco State University.
Her great passion for music has
brought her to much broader music communities. She has performed her jazz in
various settings and shared the bandstand with many area musicians in San
Francisco Bay Area.