Gary Fukushima portrait

Gary Fukushima

Gary Fukushima is a pianist and composer in Los Angeles. He is on the faculty at California State University, Northridge, and at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. He has performed throughout the United States and in Asia with Priscilla Ahn, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Renee Olstead, the Sabella Consort, and others. A native of Seattle, Washington, Gary relocated to Southern California in 2003 to continue graduate studies and is currently active in the local Los Angeles music scene, having recorded and performed with many esteemed musicians and musical groups including Alphonso Johnson, John Daversa, Joe La Barbara, Larry Koonse, Matt Otto, Darek Oles, Steve Cotter, Carl Saunders, Walter Smith III, and Roy McCurdy among others. He also writes music previews for the LA Weekly, and he is a cofounder and current artistic director of the Los Angeles Jazz Collective, an organization that seeks to promote improvised jazz music, and to create a stronger community among Los Angeles jazz musicians. Gary teaches jazz piano, improvisation, and music history at CalState Northridge and also teaches jazz piano for the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. He resides in Eagle Rock, CA, with his wife Susan and their daughter, Jesslyn.

I'm thrilled to be part of the tremendous faculty here, to provide another outlet of creative learning through jazz piano lessons. Introducing young people to jazz and getting them to improvise and read and play chord changes has been thoroughly rewarding, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to do it at PCM