True Sugar Jazz Groove

Miho Nobuzane (Pianist / Vocalist / Composer / Arranger) & Tetsuya Sato (Bass / Arranger)

truesugarjazzgroove250Nobuzane means “True” in Japanese, and Sato means “Sugar” — hence the duo’s name “True Sugar.” These two talented artists perform jazz, bossa nova, and samba with their own cool arrangements of standards as well as original tunes. Miho adds her vocal stylings to many of the tunes in their varied repertoire.

About Miho Nobuzane

A stellar pianist, composer, and vocalist, Miho Nobuzane was born in Osaka, Japan where she majored in classical piano during college. Miho arrived in New York in 1996, and began playing in diverse genres, including jazz, Brazilian, R&B, African fusion, and latin jazz. Today she is one of the most versatile musicians on the New York music scene. In March 2007, Miho released her debut album, “Make You Happy: Brazilian Jazz,” which was named one of the year’s Top 10 CDs by Saul Zavarce, on-air presenter and producer of “Fiesta Jazz” (PBS FM106.7 in Australia), and by New York jazz writer Joe Bendel on the blog, “J.B. Spins”. Her music has been played on radio stations in Australia, Latin America, Europe, and the US, including WBGO 88.3FM.

As a sideperson, Miho has played and/or recorded with the legendary drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, COLOR PURPLE Tony Award nominee and Blue Note recording artist Elisabeth Withers, the award-winning Brazilian band Grupo Saveiro, Café, Sergio Brandão, and many others.

“Make You Happy” is an impressive release, in which Nobuzane deftly demonstrates well-honed skills as a pianist, composer, and arranger. – by Clive Griffin – Jazz Improv magazine

About Tetsuya Sato

Born in Oita, Japan, Tetsuya Sato is a borderless electric bass player, who has performed with many of the top players in and out of Japan throughout his career. In 2009, he moved to New York and joined forces with Miho Nobuzane to form the True Sugar Jazz Groove. He also performs in a wide variety of sessions, including Jazz, Brazilian, Cuban, R&B, and funk.

Although he plays electric bass, his unique style of playing achieves an acoustical tone, filled with gentleness but also with a tight and powerful groove. Tetsuya is also well known for his contemporary arrangements and compositions. In 1996 he won the grand prize in the Yokohama Jazz Promenade Competition, with his 5-piece band “Work-a-Holic.”

Ellen Azorin, President
Cantaloupe Music Productions, Inc.
Phone: 212.724.2400

Blue Samba (composed by Miho):

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Moonlight Serenade (vocals by Miho, in English):

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Day By Day (vocals by Miho, in English):

[audio:miho-duo/Day By Day.mp3|titles=Day By Day]

Tem Do (vocals by Miho, in Portuguese):

[audio:miho-duo/Tem Do.mp3|titles=Tem Do]

Gentle Convincing (composed by Miho):

[audio:miho-duo/Gentle Convincing.mp3|titles=Gentle Convincing]

Belem (composed by Miho):


Miho’s Kawachi Ondo (vocals by Miho, in Japanese):

[audio:miho-duo/Miho’s Kawachi Ondo.mp3|titles=Miho’s Kawachi Ondo]

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