Artists from The Chicago Samba |
Hana Fujisaki is a Chicago-based jazz pianist, R&B keyboardist, composer, arranger, and artist. Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, she learned organ and contemporary music at Yamaha music school, where she was a regular awardee of the regional competitions, including Yamaha Music Tokyo Junior Electone Festival Yokohama competition and Junior Original Concert (composition competition).
She formally started studying jazz at Senzoku Gakuen High School in Kanagawa, Japan, where she studied jazz piano and ensemble under Yuki Arimasa, Yasuhiko Sato and Tomonao Hara.
While in high school she attended jazz camp at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she was a selected performer for the final showcase.
She officially moved to the U.S. and got her BM from Chicago College of Performing Arts and Master of Music at Northwestern University, where she studied under Jeremy Kahn, Joe Clark and Victor Goines. Since her arrival she has been exposed to the musical scenes in the cities across the country including New Orleans, Nashville, San Francisco, San Diego and Chicago, participating in the recording sessions and gigs.
As a keyboardist/arranger/composer of several Chicago-based bands including Chicago Samba, McNary Experience, Brandon James Augmented Reality, tRio Brasil, Modern Soul and Tiffany Lawson Dance Company, she played at major venues in the city including the Jazz Showcase, Buddy Guy's Legend, Andy’s Jazz Club, House of Blues, Reggies Rock Club, the Cubby Bear, Logan Square Auditorium and Hard Rock Cafe. She is an awardee of People's Choice at Luminarts jazz competition in 2017, chosen from over one hundred and fifty musicians in Chicago. Additionally she is also a film composer and recently scored for Aalisha Sheth and Nikkita Duke's 2019 sitcom "United States of Aliens," which received special mention at Chicago South Asian Film Festival.
She is also a dedicated music educator, currently a piano faculty of City College of Chicago and Northside Music Academy.