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, Romero Lubambo, Clarice Assad, Jaques Morelenbaum, Osvaldo Golijov, Benny Green, 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, Latin 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.




















by Jamey Haddad(Paul Simon)

Tour Dates

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