Jazz at the Arts concert series to begin later this month

Photo by Marblehead Arts Association

Marblehead Arts Association’s ‘Jazz at the Arts’ concert series is set to return later this month with a performance from the Yoko Miwa Trio on March 16.

The performance begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are available for $35 per person. Tickets can be purchased by visiting Arnould Gallery at 111 Washington St., by visiting the Marblehead Arts Association at 8 Hooper St., by calling (781) 631-2608, or by visiting marbleheadarts.org/jazz-at-the-arts-yoko-miwa-trio.

“Enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz while basking in the ambiance of the historic third-floor ballroom at the King Hooper Mansion,” the association said in a statement.

Yoko Miwa was named a Rising Star Pianist in the 2022 DownBeat Critics Poll. The trio’s 2021 release, “Songs of Joy,” received wide acclaim and reached first place on national jazz radio charts.

Miwa’s story of becoming a jazz musician is full of serendipity and happy twists of fate.

In the late 1990s, the classically trained artist auditioned for Berklee College of Music on a lark and ended up winning a full scholarship. Miwa arrived at the school from her homeland of Japan in 1997, intending to stay for a year. As of 2022, she is still in Boston, enriching the city’s musical life and serving as one of the most popular professors in the Berklee piano department, the statement said.