What an absolute delightful find.
Makoto Ozone in his native land of Japan started playing the organ at 2 years-old (according to his parents) and by 7 was doing his own improvisations. He was on television with his Dad from 1968-70. Then he heard an Oscar Peterson recording and that was that, he switched to piano.
While still attending high school he appeared in a few major jazz festivals in Japan as a pianist of a professional Big band named “Tadao Kitano” and “Arrow Jazz Orchestra”.
He entered Berklee College of Music in 1980 and got the attention of Gary Burton and in 1983 signed with CBS records and debuted a self entitled album consisting of his own compositions and joined the Gary Burton quartet.