Pianist Hiromi Becomes First Japanese Jazz Artist on BBC's 'Jools Holland' Show

Muga Miyahara

The virtuoso pianist <a href="/music/hiromi">Hiromi</a> -- full name: Hiromi Uehara -- made her debut on BBC's Later  With Jools Holland on Tuesday (Oct. 24) as the first-ever Japanese jazz musician to perform on the program.

In August, she appeared in the "Swing No End" episode of "the world's greatest classical music festival" BBC Proms, and her dynamic solo performance of "I Got Rhythm" in the event that featured big band music of the 1930s and 1940s received high acclaim when later broadcast on the network.

No other Japanese jazz musician has performed on Holland's show before. The 38-year-old artist played solo piano on Tuesday's program along with such acts as <a href="/music/stereophonics">Stereophonics</a> and <a href="/music/richard-thompson">Richard Thompson</a>. The episode will air again Saturday (Oct. 28).

Hiromi is currently touring with Columbian harpist <a href="/articles/columns/latin/8013807/colombian-harp-player-edmar-castaneda-interview">Edmar Castaneda</a> promoting their latest album, Live in Montreal. They begin their North American leg in early November and will tour Japan starting Nov. 22.