Takao Iwaki

Born in Kobe Japan, Takao first encountered jazz and the saxophone in his junior high school big band at the age of thirteen.
When he was nineteen, he met his first saxophone teacher Hiroshi Ozone and studied jazz improvisation. Around 1998, he was able to lead his own group and play at jazz clubs in the Kobe and Osaka areas, until he moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music to further his studies in 2000. During his college years, he studied saxophone with George Garzone. He graduated from college and received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Composition in 2004. He has been playing on Royal Caribbean Cruises and Princess Cruise's ships since. During he lived in NY (2008 - 2010), he has performed at Cleopatra's Needle, Showman's,Sofias and etc. Today, he has been playing on cruise ships as well as jazz clubs in Japan (Kobe, Osaka area) .

 His first CD "Introducing Takao Iwaki" is available from  I-tunes and Amazon.com (mp3 format).