Conductor | 艾特金
Saxophone | 李承育、蘇聖育、張家齊、李哲安、陳偉弘
Trombone | 何亞螢、鄧亦峻、謝蓉慧、王翊辰
Trumpet | 梁志宇、鄭文鳳、邵思妤、徐祥騏
Guitar | 陳子彰
Bass | 池田欣彌
Piano | 烏野薰
Established in 2008 by saxophonist Cheng-Yu Lee, Taipei Jazz Orchestra consists of many talented, experienced musicians who are passionate about big band music. TJO rehearses weekly and has held several performances in the past year, including concerts, promotional campus tours, and shows in jazz clubs. In recent years, it has cooperated with world-renowned saxophonist Eric Marienthal, award-winning vocalists Lisa Ono and Laura Fygi, as well as the Blue Note Tokyo All-Star Jazz Orchestral at Taoyuan Band Festival. An active participant in all kinds of music festivals, TJO has also hosted annual concerts and the Big Band Madness, an event drawing 14 local and international big bands to perform in Taiwan.
After winning the Asia Music Award in Hong Kong, Marica Hiraga immediately rose to fame as a professional jazz singer. In 2003, she won the “19th Japan Vocal Award” hosted by Jazz World magazine. In 2008, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of BOSSA NOVA, Hiraga recorded “Batucada~Jazz’n Bossa,” a commemorative album featuring the master arranger Gil Goldstein. This album became her third album to be selected as a “Swing Journal Gold Disc” and won her the Best Vocal Award at the 42nd Jazz Disc Award.
In 2009, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Carpenters’ 1969 debut, Hiraga took this opportunity to release the album “Sing Once More～Dear Carpenters,” in which she reinterprets the duo’s best-loved songs. This album received outstanding reviews from Swing Journal, an authoritative jazz magazine in Japan, and became her best-selling album. She received the grand prize at the 25th Japan Jazz Vocal Award and the Best Vocal Award at the 43rd Jazz Disc Award, making her the first musician in the history of Japanese jazz to receive this award for three consecutive years.