After studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Saxophonist Yuichiro Tokuda returned to Japan and formed his band “Yuichiro Tokuda RALYZZDIG”, and released his first album which was acclaimed as “the cutting edge of the present progressive form of jazz” by Jazz Life magazine. In 2008, he received an award as “New Face of the Year in Arts & Culture” from the Chiba-City Government, the first time ever for a jazz artist.
Every year he performs at Japan’s most prestigious Jazz Festival “Yokohama Jazz Promenade” as well as performs in many festivals around the world such as the Winter Jazz Festival in Canada, the Bankso International Jazz Festival in Bulgaria and the Borneo Jazz Festival in Malaysia.. From 2010 to 2013, Yuichiro’s songs received the “Finalist & Honorable Mention” Award in International Songwriting Competition under the Jazz Category. “RALYZZDIG” is a combination of RAY, LYRIC, JAZZ & DIG – and means “to dig into Jazz that sends out hot ray and touches the heart with lyrics”.
RALYZZ DIG is a jazz collective of 5 extremely talented musicians from the Japanese jazz scene:
Yuichiro Tokuda / Sax & Vocal
Naoto Suzuki / Guitar
Shunichi Yanagi / Piano
Tomoya Ohgaki / Bass
Yuto Maseki / Drums