Tsuyoshi Ichikawa was born on October 22,1962 in Japan and began playing the guitar at the age of 14 years old.
At 18 years of age he studied the guitar and music theory at A.N. music school Kyoto for two years.
At the age of 21 years old he began his career as a full time musician performing Jazz and Pop music in various clubs in Japan in addition to teaching private guitar lessons.
In February of 1995 Tsuyoshi moved to Los Angeles, California to study the guitar with the legendary guitarist Ted Greene.He studied with Ted for four years for two hours each week and sometimes twice a week.
During his time in Los Angeles, he also performed with Wilton Felder, Dave Pike, Jim Hugart, Mayuto Correa, Russ Miller,Arnold McCuller and many others.
In 1999 Tsuyoshi returned to Japan where he currently teaches guitar, music theory and ear training via Skype.
In addition to performing with different bands and singers as well as recording with other musicians as a sideman.
Tsuyoshi studied with legendary guitar player Ted Greene from 1995-1999,taking a hour lessons once or twice a week – more than any other student.
Together they covered many subjects and areas of music in exhaustive detail – the results of which can be heard on Tsuyoshi’s two highly praised solo guitar albums.
Since then, Tsuyoshi has continued to teach and perform, refining his skills and building on the invaluable concepts he learned from Ted. There could be nobody more suitable than Tsuyoshi to teach Ted’s legacy.
Art of Life Records is pleased to welcome Japanese guitarist Tsuyoshi Ichikawa to its roster of recording artists which includes guitarists Stephen D. Anderson, Lenny Breau, Joe Diorio, Carl Filipiak, Ted Greene, Randy Runyon and Jimi Tunnell.
Having studied the guitar with the legendary guitarist Ted Greene for four years beginning in 1995, Tsuyoshi has just recorded his first album as a leader of his own solo guitar arrangements of eight well-known Jazz standards. All songs were recorded and arranged on August 20th, 21st and 22nd 2007 at Studio 308 in Japan without any overdubbing by Tsuyoshi Ichikawa. All tracks have been professionally mastered using 24-bit digital technology.