By Litchfield Performing Arts, a not-for-profit educational charity.

Yoko Miwa Trio

“I greatly appreciate and respect the clarity and strength in Yoko’s playing, it is very apparent – the honesty, care and depth of foundation she touches the piano with.” –Benny Green

Yoko Miwa is quickly becoming one of the most powerful and compelling pianist/composers on the jazz scene today. A native of Kobe, Japan, Miwa, who was classically trained, became interested in jazz through studies with organist Minoru Ozone, a television star and nightclub owner in Japan and father of pianist Makoto Ozone.

Miwa went on to study at Koyo Conservatory in Kobe and from there won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music to study jazz in the US. There she played with a host of talented students and teachers, most notably vocalist Kevin Mahogany. A favorite at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Miwa has played on “Marian McPartland & Friends” in the Coca Cola Generations in Jazz Festival and at JALC’s Leadership Workshop for The National Urban League’s Youth Summit.

Yoko Miwa appears regularly at the Blue Note Jazz Club and has performed and/or recorded with Sheila Jordan, Slide Hampton, Arturo Sandoval, George Garzone, Jon Faddis, Jerry Bergonzi, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kevin Mahogany, John Lockwood and others .

She has recorded seven acclaimed CDs. Her latest, Pathways (2017), was called “her finest recording to date” by All About Jazz.  She is a Yamaha Pianos Artist, JVC Victor Entertainment recording artist, and Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll winner. She teaches at Berklee College of Music.

The Yoko Miwa Trio members include bassist Will Slater and drummer Scott Goulding.  This is their first appearance at Litchfield Jazz Festival.


YOKO MIWA TRIO | “LIVE AT REGATTABAR, CAMBRIDGE, MA!” from Kill the Ball Media on Vimeo.

  • July 28, 2018
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Main Stage, Goshen Fairgrounds

Main Stage, Goshen Fairgrounds

By Car:
The Goshen Fairgrounds is located in the northwest corner of Connecticut, on the right approximately 1/2 mile south of the center of Goshen on Route 63. The Litchfield Jazz Festival is held at the Goshen Fairgrounds and FREE parking for the Festival is at the Goshen Fairgrounds Fields, directly across the street from the Fairgrounds. It’s a lovely drive from any direction!

Address for Google Maps:
116 Old Middle Street
Goshen, CT 06756

HANDICAP PARKING is located directly on the Festival grounds. There will be ample signs to direct handicap patrons where to park.

By Train:
It’s easy, relaxing and affordable to get to Goshen on Metro-North Railroad from Grand Central Station in New York City. Take the Harlem Line Train to the Metro-North's TenMile River stop in Amenia, NY, just 28 miles from Goshen where you can meet one of the Kent/Goshen area livery services (see list below). For Metro-North schedules and tickets visit

For questions email or call 860-361-6285.

By Plane:
Goshen is approximately 38 miles from Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, 100 miles from Laguardia Airport and from John F. Kennedy Airport, both in New York. Once you arrive, you may need a livery service. Below are recommended services.

Livery Services:
Mention Litchfield Jazz when you call for a 10% discount on a round trip.

Mention Litchfield Jazz when you call for a 10% discount.
Mention Litchfield Jazz when you call for a 10% discount.
Mention Litchfield Jazz when you call for a 10% discount.

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