Hailing originally from Sasebo city, Nagasaki, Japan, Keita Ogawa is Grammy Award winner (as Snarky puppy member) and one of the most versatile and sought-after percussionist and drummer in New York City.

He started his music career on drum set at the age of 15.

After performing regularly in Tokyo for several years, Keita decided to pursue his musical studies overseas. He was accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music in fall of 2005 where he studied with legendary musicians and educators Manuel “Egui” Castrillo, Jamey Haddad, Tito De Gracia, David Rosado, and Mark Walker. Seeking full immersion into the world of Brazilian percussion, Keita relocated to Rio de Janeiro for 3 months and studied with the some of the country’s most respected musicians- Jorginho do Pandeiro, Celsinho Silva, Kiko Freitas, and Marcio Bahia among others.

Since his arrival in America, Keita has worked with some of the biggest names in modern music including Yo-yo-ma, Assad Brothers, Charlie Hunter, Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Le Nubians, Romero Lubambo, Clarice Assad, Jaques Morelenbaum, Osvaldo Golijov, Eric Harland, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and more.

He also played and composed music called “Starting Five” with “J-Squad” (New York based 5 Japanese Jazz Musicians) for one of big National Japanese News TV Program called “Hōdō Station” since April 2016.

Currently he works several projects like, Snarky puppy, J-Squad, Banda Magda, Bokantè, Camila Meza and the Nectar Orchestra, Clarice Assad and more.


Also He is endorsed by Canopus Drum, Meinl Percussion, Sabian Cymbal, Vic Firth, Evans Drum Head, Cooperman Company, Dem Sticks, Parka Percussion and Decora 43.


Keita can virtually play any percussion instrument and musical style with fluency and unparalleled musicality. Despite his youth, he has set an example for the next generation of world-class musicians. Keita’s passion for crossing musical borders and uniting differences in cultures is a rare talent which he exhibits with a smile and an open heart.












2016年4月から新しくなったテレビ朝日報道ステーションのオープニングテーマもJSquadの一員として音楽を手がけている。他にもMISIA, 原田知世, 伊藤ゴロー, 東方神起, 佐藤竹善などの作品にも参加している。








by Jamey Haddad(Paul Simon)

Tour Dates

December 2018

JSquad Japan Tour 11/29-12/17

November 2018

Charlie Hunter Trio Tour 11/7-17

October 2018

10/1 Bokanté with Metropole Orkestra, Melkweg, Amsterdam Holland

10/2 Bokanté with Metropole Orkestra, Heerlen Parkstad Limburg Theatre

10/3 Bokanté with Metropole Orkestra, Utrecht, Tivoli Vredenburg Grote Zaal

10/5 Bokanté with Metroploe Orkestra, Gliwice, Poland 

10/10 & 11 Bokanté Blue Note Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

September 2018

9/8 Bokanté with Metropole Orkest, Bremen

9/9 Bokanté, Jazz a Villette, Paris, France

9/12 Lohai at Mercury Lounge, NY

9/13-22 Charlie Hunter US tour

9/29 Bokanté with Metropole Orkestra, Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven

9/30 Bokanté with Metropole Orkestra, Groningen Oosterport Grote Zaal

August 2018

8/2 Amfi Plassen, Odense Denmark

8/3 Nefertiti Club, Gothenburg Sweden

8/5 Guixols Arena, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain

8/9 LoHai, White Plains, NY

8/16 John Hadfield Presents Percussion Festival at Cornelia st Cafe, NY

8/22 Banda Magda, Woodbridge, NJ

8/23 Banda Magda, Lewisberg, PA

8/24 Banda Magda, Wilmington, DE

July 2018

7/11 & 12 Claudia Acuna, Dizzy’s Coca Cola Jazz Club, NY

Bokanté Europe Tour 7/15-8/5

7/15 North Sea Jazz, Rotterdam, NL

7/17 The Famour Speigeltent / Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Edinburgh UK

7/18 Jazz Café, London UK

7/20 Malta Jazz Festival, Malta, Italy

7/21 Arena Santa Giuliana, Perugia Italy

7/23 Schlossplatz OldenburgOldenburg Germany

7/25 Muffathalle, Munich Germany

7/26 Bitef Art Summer Stage, Belgrade Serbia

7/28 Kupferschmiede Langnau, Langnau Switzerland

7/29 Okarina Festival, Bled Slovenia

7/31 Terme Romane, Sardinia Italy

June 2018

6/8 Banda Magda with String, Joe’s Pub, NY

6/9 Rogerio Boccato Quarteto, Chelsea Music Festival, NY

6/12 &13 Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Birdland, NY

6/14 Adam Birnbaum Trio, Chelsea Music Festival, NY

6/17-23 Snarky Puppy, Gnaoua Music Festival, Morroco

6/26 Banda Magda, Toronto Jazz Festival, Toronto, Canada

6/27 Banda Magda, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Ottawa, Canada

6/28 Banda Magda, Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreal, Canada

6/29 Banda Magda, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA

May 2018

5/2 Les Nubians, Gotham Hall, NY

5/4 Clarice Assad, SubCulture, NY

5/13 Weedie Braimah, Leaf Festival, Black Mountain, NC

5/17 Kaoru Watanabe, NYC

5/17 Banda Magda, Brooklyn Bowl, NY

5/22 Yasushi Nakamura & Big Yuki, NY

April 2018

Misia 20th Anniversary Super Arena Tour

4/7 &8 Osaka Jo Hall

4/27 &28 Yokohama Arena

4/30 Kuroda Takuya, Otyanomizu Waerasu Plaza, Tokyo, Japan

March 2018

3/1 Les Nubians, BAM, Brooklyn, NY

February 2018

Charlie Hunter with Lucy Woodward

2/1 Hopewell Theatre, Hopewell, NJ

2/2 Capital Ale House, Richmoond, VA

2/3 Union Stage, Washington, DC

2/5 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC

2/6 Red Light Cafe, Atlanta, GA

2/7 Heartwood Soundstage, Gainesville, FL

2/8 Fogerty Community Media and Arts, Sarasota, FL

2/9-11 Ground Music Festival (Charlie Hunter, Banda Magda and Snarky Puppy)

2/14 The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC

2/16 Rudy’s Jazz Room, Nashville, TN

2/17 Pisgah Brewing, Black Mountain, NC

2/18 The Southern, Charlottesville. VA

2/24 Rockwood Music Hall stage 2, New York

2/25 The Acoustic Cafe, Bridgeport, CT

October 2017

Paul Winter

10/1  Cathedral of St John Divine, New York, NY

Bob Mundy CD release Show

10/2  West Bank Cafe New York, NY


10/8 Sasebo Jazz Festival, Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan

Banda Magda West Coast Tour

10/18 Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA

10/19 Kummbwa Jazz center, Santa Cruz, CA

10/20 The Mint, Los Angeles, CA

10/21 The Nash, Phoenix, AZ

Monday Michiru

10/25 Jazz at the Kitano, New York


10/27 Bowery Ballroom, New York

Carolina Calvache

10/28 The cell, New York

September 2017

Banda Magda 

9/6 Nectar Lounge  Seattle, WA

9/7 Triple Door Seattle, WA

9/8 -10 Sisters Folk Festival Sisters, OR

9/14 Joe’s Pub “Tigre” CD release show New York, NY

Snarky Puppy 

9/15 The Crofoot Ballroom Pontiac, MI

9/16 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN

Banda Magda

9/19 Nighttown Cleveland, OH

9/20 Cliff Bells Detroit, MI

9/21 Martyrs’ Chicago, IL

9/23 Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI

Bob Mundy CD release Show

9/28 West Bank Cafe New York, NY

Hunter Tones

9/29 Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 New York, NY