Tim Hortons Downtown




Esplanade Lobby

Nobuki will be playing in the lobby before and after the 7:30PM show as well as at intermission.



The Studio Club (Esplanade Studio Theatre)

Nobuki will be hosting the annual jam session.

Here's your chance to play with this New York City musician!



Check the Clubs and Pubs section for many more performances by Nobuki.


Here's another long-time JazzFest favorite. Nobuki Takamen has appeared several years at JazzFest, both throughout the clubs and pubs scene and as featured soloist. He's back this year filling both of these roles.


Nobuki was born in Hiroshima, Japan. Jazz historian Scott Yanow describes him as "an excellent improviser in his own bop-inspired style." John Heidt of Vintage Guitar Magazine has also called him "a mature player with a keen sense of composition [and] considerable technical skill."


A mainstay of the New York jazz scene, Nobuki has toured with his group in the USA, Canada and Europe, performing at some of the best international jazz festivals and clubs including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Blue Note NY, Iridium Jazz Club, Blues Alley and Smalls Jazz Club. He has also toured annually throughout Japan since 2004.


Nobuki released two albums on What's New Records. His third album, Live at the Iridium, released on Summit Records, presents a complete, uncut performance from a set at the Iridium Jazz Club a couple of weeks after his first appearance at the Medicine Hat JazzFest in 2009. His fourth album, Three Wishes, recorded with his trio, was also released on Summit Records in 2012. Nobuki's playing and music have been featured in publications worldwide, including DownBeat, Vintage Guitar Magazine, Just Jazz Guitar, All About Jazz, Jazz Podium, Jazz'n'more, Jazz Special, Musica Jazz and Jazzwise.


Besides leading his group, Nobuki has been playing solo frequently since his solo concert at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2009 as part of 100% Guitar. He recorded his first solo guitar album one month prior to his Europe tour in August 2014. This latest album, Solo Guitar was released in December 2014.


Nobuki has been one of those great JazzFest connections and it is an honor to feature him during our 20th Anniversary celebration. Joining Nobuki at the Tim Hortons stage will be locals Rick Lett on bass and James Evangelos on drums.