Keigo Hirakawa Trio
The Keigo Hirakawa Trio, led by pianist Keigo Hirakawa, was formed in 2010 as a result of collaboration with veteran bassist Eddie Brookshire and in-demand drummer Fenton Sparks. Known for its adventurous sounds, the Trio released its 2015 album And Then There Were Three, which has been enthusiastically received by jazz critics and enjoys radio play on more than 100 radio stations in the U.S.
KEIGO HIRAKAWA (piano) has worked alongside Joe Lovano, Donald Byrd, JD Allen, Carla Cook, Duane Eubanks, and Noah Preminger. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Hirakawa was a student of Danilo Perez, Stephen Scott, Harold Danko, Alan Pasqua, Cecil McBee, Ralph Peterson, Jerry Bergonzi, Donald Byrd, and Walt Weiskopf. He is a passionate clinician and educator, on faculty at the University of Dayton. keigohirakawa.com
EDDIE BROOKSHIRE (bass) is a veteran bassist who has recorded and/or performed with many world renowned jazz artists including James Newton, Elvin Jones, Sandra Reeves, Woody Shaw, Gerri Allen, Roy Ayers, David “Fathead” Newman, Rusty Bryant, Johnny Lytle, Jimmy Scott, Bob Curnow, Maria Schneider, Claude Williams, Snookie Young, and Von Freeman. Brookshire earned a Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University, and is on faculty at Sinclair Community College and the University of Dayton. eddiebrookshiremusic.com
FENTON SPARKS (drums) is no stranger to Midwest jazz scene. Originally from Chicago, Sparks performed with the likes of Cyrus Chestnut, Delfeayo Marsalis, Bill Cunliffe, Sonny Stitt, and Roy Meriwether. Sparks also appeared on Don Cheadle’s movie Miles Ahead, playing the role of Jimmy Cobb. Sparks is a graduate of Central State University.