Born in Okazaki, Aichi, Japan in 1994, Shimpei started playing electric bass at the age of 13. He would quickly switch to an upright bass after participating in a local jazz big band workshop and falling in love with the art of jazz. He started taking lessons from Tsuyoshi Shimada and played in the Okazaki Junior Jazz Orchestra: “Beans” where he would learn the styles of Count Basie and other legendary musicians from the “swing era”. Shimpei moved to Tokyo in 2012 and started playing in local venues while studying jazz and classical bass with Osamu Koichi and Yasuyuki Se respectively. While in Tokyo, Shimpei started playing professionally with various musicians including Shun Ishikawa, Tomoaki Baba, Takumi Nakayama, and Akira Tana, and also went on a national tour with the Shun Katayama Quartet. At the same time, he played with the Keio Light Music Society and shared the stage with several New York based musicians such as Franky Rousseau and Ryan Keberle. In 2016, the same group went on a tour in NY and played at the Jazz Gallery with Donny McCaslin. Later that same year, Shimpei moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend the California Jazz Conservatory. He has studied jazz bass with Jeff Denson, electric bass with Scott Thompson and classical and tango music with Sascha Jacobsen. He got selected as the bassist for the school’s advanced ensemble and went on a European tour to play at several jazz festivals including Montreux, Switzerland; Umbria, Italy; and Edinburgh, Scotland. Since moving to the Bay Area, Shimpei has played with Bob Kenmotsu, Dann Zinn, Faye Carol, Azure McCall, Terrence Brewer, Erik Jekabson, Stacy Dillard, Steven Lugerner, Tim Lin, Kev Choice, Martin Luther McCoy and many others, and has experience playing and recording in a wide variety of settings. In addition to that, Shimpei is an active composer and arranger. He has recorded his original compositions and is currently the arranger for his bass-vocal duo with Noa Levy.
2012 Asakusa Jazz Festival: 3rd Place (Kai Ichikawa Quartet)
2015 Yamano Big Band Contest: 1st Place (Keio Light Music Society)
In the U.S.
2018 Reno Jazz Festival
2018 Jazz Search West Competition: 2nd Place
2019 International Society of Bassists Competition: Semi-finalist