Kazuhiro Odagiri is a multi-talented professional drummer, composer/arranger, educator, and bandleader who has headlined performances both in USA and Japan, and has performed with multiple Grammy Award winning artists such as The Yellowjackets (Tokyo, Japan), whose contagious fusion of jazz, rock, and pop styles have earned them world-wide acclaim.
In 1987, Kazuhiro Odagiri was born in music family. He was exposed to lots of music since three years old. At the age of 12, Kazuhiro started playing classical percussion. While attending the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, Japan, Kazuhiro was accepted by the Jazz Program and Newtide Jazz Orchestra and served as the principal drummer for three years. He won three times competitions championship playing with this band in 2008, 2009, and 2010. After he obtained his degree in both classical percussion and jazz drum from KCM, Kazuhiro took Berklee Scholarship tour audition and he recieved a Full-tuition scholarship in 2011. After he moved to the U.S, He recieved "Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists scholarship" for two years from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2012. He is the first jazz drummer who has been selected for this honor. Kazuhiro also recieved "Elvin Jones Scholarship" from Berklee College of Music in 2013. He has played with notable musicians such as The Yellowjackets, Sadao Watanabe (saxophone), Lew Soloff (Trumpet), Makoto Ozone (piano), Yasushi Nakamura (Bass), Donald Vega (Piano), Kengo Nakamura (Bass), Erena Terakubo (Alto) and many more. As a member of Simon Moullier Quartet, Kazuhiro performed in the 2013 Beantown Jazz Festival in Boston. In Fall of 2014 he received his Magna Oum Laude Degree in Drum Performance from Berklee Collega of Music.