Toshiko Akiyoshi

po_Akiyoshi-ToshikoToshiko Akiyoshi (born December 12, 1929) is a Japanese jazz composer/arranger, bandleader and pianist.

She has received 14 Grammy nominations, and she was the first woman to win the Best Arranger and Composer awards in Down Beat magazine’s Readers Poll. In 1984, she was the subject of a documentary film titled Jazz Is My Native Language. In 1996, she published her autobiography, Life with Jazz and in 2007 she was named an NEA Jazz Master by the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts.