Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone "Duets"
If there is a single word that describes a typical Gary Burton/Makoto Ozone concert, it would be virtuosity. They improvise on just about any kind of music from traditional jazz and contemporary jazz, to tango and classical themes. Both musicians are stunning performers, always pushing each other to new and greater heights.
Vibraphonist Gary Burton is a living legend in the jazz world, a 2016 NEA Jazz Master, and the recipient of seven Grammy awards. He is known as an innovator for his pioneering vibraphone technique and his groundbreaking ensembles. 2017 marks an important year for this legendary jazz artist. Burton has announced he is retiring from his career as a touring musician, after completing his current USA tour and a tour of Japan.
Makoto Ozone is the absolute star of the jazz scene in Japan and is a prolific composer and arranger, having composed music for dozens of CDs. In the past decade he has become a frequent guest soloist with orchestras in Japan and Europe, and is a regular guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony.
Watch a duet performance by Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone: