Masanori Yura, a native of Kyoto, Japan, moved to New Orleans in 1991. After graduating from Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts in Florida, he started his professional recording engineering career at a music production studio in Los Angeles owned by the legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. Two years later, he returned to New Orleans, and worked at the Boiler Room Recording Studio and the Piety Street Recording Studio before becoming a freelance engineer in 2001. Masanori has engineered and toured with award winning artists such as Kenny Garrett, Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Donald Harrison Jr., Duke Ellington Orchestra, Evan Christopher, Nicolas Payton, Davell Crawford, Los Hombres Calientes, Astral Project, Wild Magnolias, Gene Simmons, Hot 8 Brass Band, and Herbie Hancock to name a few.
Masanori engineered the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s album “Book One” which won a Grammy Award in the category of Best Large Jazz Ensemble in 2010. He continues touring with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and Grammy-winning saxophone legend Kenny Garrett on regular basis.
After the floods of Katrina, he moved out of New Orleans and now makes his home-base with his family in Oakland, California.