Megumi Yonezawa is from Hokkaido, Japan. She began studying classical piano at the age of six. She graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in both Performance and Jazz Composition. After her graduation from Berklee, Megumi received a scholarship from Japan as a trainee of the Hokkaido Cultural Foundation’s Overseas Artist Training. With her scholarship, she had the opportunity to further her research of Jazz in the United States.
Megumi became the regular pianist for saxophonist Greg Osby and acquired countless performance experiences at prominent clubs and festivals such as the Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall, Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, Rochester International Jazz Festival and Trondheim JazzFest. Megumi plays on Greg Osby’s Blue Note Records album “Public“. The album features Nicholas Payton, Robert Hurst, Rodney Green and Joan Osborne.
Other projects as a side woman, she played on vibraphonist Mike Pinto’s album “Little Green Men,” released on Steeplechase Records in 2010. Megumi also plays on guitarist Jostein Gulbrandsen’s “Looking Ahead” released in 2018 on the Norwegian record label Curling Legs Records. The group played at Trondheim JazzFest in Norway, Rochester International Jazz Festival and Nordic Jazz Festival In Washington DC.
In 2016, Megumi released her first album as a leader titled "A Result of the Colors" with bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson on the prestigious record label Fresh Sound New Talent. She received the highest ranking, 5 stars from All About Jazz reviewer Tyran Grillo. In 2018 Megumi’s trio was invited to play at the Rochester International Jazz Festival where she also did a solo piano performance. She just recorded her 2nd album as a leader scheduled to be released in 2020.
She is also became a member of a trio with drummer Ken Kobayashi and bassist Masa Kamaguchi. They released the first album “Boundary” in 2018 for the record label ESP-Disk. “Boundary” received a 4 star review in Downbeat.