Described as “The Quincy Jones of Australia”, Toshi Clinch is an in-demand arranger, performer and producer in Melbourne, Australia. His arrangements have been performed around the globe including North America, Asia, Europe and Australia by artists such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Big Band, Danilo Perez, James Morrison, West End performers, and finalists on both X Factor and Australian Idol. Clinch has also performed alongside Ed Soph, Vincent Gardner, Tom “Bones” Malone, Pat Coil, Richard DeRosa and many others. Additionally he is also a primary arranger for vocalists on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and the founder of the Big Band Through The Ages Jazz Festival.
In 2016 Clinch graduated from the prestigious University of North Texas where he studied with Grammy Nominated composer Richard DeRosa and Grammy Award-Winning bassist Lynn Seaton. Shortly afterwards he worked with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a bassist and recorded his debut big band album Vesuvius with the Toshi Clinch Big Band in 2017.
Alongside his work as a writer and performer, in 2018 Clinch formed the Big Band Through The Ages Jazz Festival in Melbourne, Australia. The primary idea behind the festival was to celebrate big band music in Victoria as well as to help further jazz education at both the student and teacher levels. The festival lasted for two weeks and saw four different US artists come to Australia to work with over 1500 participants in multiple different areas including adjudications, workshops, clinics and performances.
Currently Clinch maintains a busy schedule writing for various clients worldwide and performs regularly across Victoria.