Congratulations!! I will be happy to provide a message. Here we go:
We are so happy to hear that Yoshio Toyama has been awarded the Jazz Grand Prize from the Japan Association of Jazz Music. Mr. Hajime Ishii, the former Japanese Minister of Domestic Affairs presented Yoshio with the award. This honor is well deserved. Yoshio has been a champion of Jazz throughout his life and has had a special love for the City of New Orleans and Louis Armstrong. We citizens of New Orleans are very grateful to Yoshio and all of the work that he has done to support Jazz in New Orleans, especially his work to help the city after Hurricane Katrina and his continued support of the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Just last year the City of New Orleans proclaimed Yoshio and his wife Keiko as Honorary New Orleaneans. We think of Yoshio and Keiko as international ambassadors of our wonderful city and music. We can’t thank them enough and are so happy to hear of their receiving the Jazz Grand Prize.
New Orleans Jazz Museum
Congratulations on being the first to receive the Jazz Grand Prize. No one could deserve this more than you: For keeping the legacy of Louis Armstrong alive for so many years, and for your wonderful support of the young musicians in Louis’ home town with your gifts of instruments and teaching. Again,
my heartfelt congratulations on this great honor!
Director Emeritus, Institute of Jazz Studies
Dear Toyama – Sama,
Congratulations for your award…well deserved..! Your love of music has infected so many places in the world.,.due to your understanding the beauty and importance of Jazz music. Especially of the music of Louie Armstrong,a sweet and fantastic musician..This man brought his love with him wherever he performed..
Thank you Toyama -san for keeping this music alive!!
With Pease and love,
Congratulations on this wonderful award! I was at the beach when you sent your email. Sorry it has taken me a while to get back to you. Hope it’s not too late. Here is a little quote for you.
Love to you and Keiko,
“Yoshio Toyama certainly deserves this prestigious award. Nobody has done more for the young jazz musicians of New Orleans, and very few have done what Yoshio has done to keep traditional jazz alive. He is a true treasure. I feel very blessed to know him.”