I had not heard of Tiger Okoshi prior to reading a recent performance review in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
He is a trumpeter born in Japan in 1950, who has lived in the U.S. since 1972. Toru Okoshi picked up the nickname “Tiger,” apparently, as a reflection of his hunger for musical learning. He is on the faculty at Berklee. What I was able to find online indicated that he plays “fusion” as well as “straight ahead jazz.”
The reviewed performance at the Kimmel was part of a “Jazz Goes Global” series, “curated” by pianist Danilo Pérez. As I understand it, Pérez wasn’t performing with Okoshi; he had a pianist named Leo Genevese. With that in mind:
The encore was out of left field and simply stunning: The group sat at the lip of the stage and offered “St. James Infirmary,” balancing modernist priorities with a dose of New Orleans roots. Genovese played the melodica. After about six choruses, Pérez jumped in on piano, unable to contain himself.
Sounds killer. I looked into whether Okoshi has a recorded version of the tune, but came up empty.