Shuya Okino is a music curator, songwriter, author and the owner of the renowned music venue The Room, in Tokyo.
He is the leader and founding member of KYOTO JAZZ MASSIVE. KYOTO JAZZ MASSIVE first made history as the only Japanese artists ever to have a single at No.1 on the BBC Radio ZUBB chart for 3 consecutive weeks with 'Eclipse'. Since then KJM have gone on to become one of the most influential groups in the crossover scene worldwide and Shuya has performed in over 40 countries and 140 cities.
In 2009 Shuya released his first solo project 'United Legends', given this title as it brought together legends in crossover music such as Josh Milan, Dego, Yukimi Nagano and Piranhahead.
His second solo album 'Destiny' included the Royles Royce cover 'Still in Love' featuring Navasha Daya, which is still a festival anthem 9 years later.
KYOTO JAZZ SEXTET Shuya Okino's jazz project released their 1st album 'MISSION' debuting from Blue Note Japan, in 2015.
In May 2015 the band appeared at Japan's biggest jazz festival, 'Tokyo Jazz'.
KYOTO JAZZ SEXTET released their second album 'UNITY', again from Blue Note Japan, in 2017. This album featured former Fertile Ground's Navasha Daya (niece of Gil Scott Heron), Soil & "Pimp" Sessions' Tabu zombie and Tomoki Sanders (Pharaoh Sanders' son).
In July of that year the band appeared at FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL, one of the biggest outdoor festivals in Japan.
As an illustrator Shuya Okino held a jazz portrait exhibition at Tsutaya Book Store in Daikanyama, Tokyo.
Shuya is currently the program navigator for “JAZZ ain’t Jazz” on InterFM and a GQ official blogger.