Hiroshima (band)

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Hiroshima is an American jazz fusion band formed in Los Angeles by Dan Kuramoto in 1974 that incorporates Japanese instruments in its music. Hiroshima has sold over four million albums around the world. Hiroshima had several albums and hits in the 1980s. Their song "One Wish" reached number 52 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1985.

Kuramoto, Hiroshima's leader, is from East Los Angeles. He attended California State University, Long Beach, then led its Asian-American studies department. Through playing in a band on weekends he met June Kuramoto, a native of Japan who grew up in Los Angeles and played koto, a Japanese stringed instrument. Kuramoto admired Earth, Wind, and Fire for the way it combined jazz and R&B, and Santana for his identification with Latinos. He wanted to create a band that would represent Asian Americans. He named it after the Japanese city Hiroshima, which was mostly destroyed by an atomic weapon at the end of World War II.

Hiroshima's debut album sold more than 100,000 copies in its first three months. The band's second album yielded the song "Winds of Change", which received a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Instrumental. Hiroshima got its first gold album in 1985 with Another Place and the second with Go which followed it. The album Legacy was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 2010. Hiroshima has sold more than four million albums worldwide. In 1990, the band was the opening act for Miles Davis, and in 1988 they played with T-Square at the Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall.

Hiroshima consists of Dan Kuramoto (saxophone, flute, keyboards, shakuhachi), June Kuramoto (koto), Kimo Cornwell (Keyboards), Dean Cortez (Bass guitar), and Danny Yamamoto (drums and taiko).

Past members

  • Jess Acuna
  • Jeanette Clinger
  • Peter Hata
  • Dave Iwataki
  • Teri Koide
  • Shoj Kameda
  • Teri Kusumoto
  • Barbara Long
  • Richard Mathews
  • Dane Matsumura
  • Johnny Mori
  • Margaret "Machun" Sasaki-Taylor
  • John Shipley
  • Terry Steele