Haruka Kikuchi
Slide Trombone, Tokyo → New Orleans


"Mucically, Kikuchi sounds like she may as well have been born and raised in Treme." - WWOZ "New music spotlight 2015"
"QUEEN OF THE TAILGATE TROBONE, Tokyo native Haruka Kikuchi making her bones in old New Orleans" - "The Syncopated Times October 2017" by Russ Tarby

photo by John A Dixon (Jun/19/2017)

Haruka Kikuchi was born in Ibaraki Prefecture and raised in Chiba Prefecture (next to Tokyo), JAPAN. She was musically inclined from her childhood for playing the piano and violin, listening all kind of music, and dancing with the music on the street.
When she was 15 years old, Haruka decided to play the Trombone right after listening the old record of "Original Dixieland Jazz Band" and the unique style of the tailgate Trombone inspired her so much. Through deducated research by herself, she started to admire the beautiful music from New Orleans where is the birthplace of Jazz...
Little Mardi Gras in Matsue (where is the Japanese sister city to New Orleans) since 2013
JAPAN: NEW ORLEANS Collection Series since 2016
2007: First Prize of the competition in Tokyo University of the Arts.
2010: 2nd Prize of the Jazz Contest in Asakusa, Tokyo.
2015: Best Of The Beat Awards, Best Traditional Jazz Album
           Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swigers: #imsoneworleans

"New Music Spotlight: Haruka Kikuchi" by WWOZ, 11/09/2015
"Playing Traditional Jazz: Meet Haruka Kikuchi (Trombone)" by Ivan, 2015