Akira Jimbo, also seen as Akira Jinbo (神保 彰, Jinbo Akira, born February
27, 1959), is a Japanese musician who combines electronic drum technology and acoustic drums. Aside from his solo work, he is the drummer for the Japanese jazz
fusion band Casiopea and has participated in side projects with Keiko
Matsui, Shambara, and Brian Bromberg.
Akira Jimbo began drumming at the age of 18 when he joined the Keio University Light Music Society
Big Band. He became a member of Casiopea in 1980. During
his solo career he formed Jimsaku-duo with Casiopea's bassist Tetsuo Sakurai in 1989. He has
also worked with Hiroyuki Noritake from T-Square in the drum-duo Synchronized DNA.
Jimbo has a drumming style which is best demonstrated in his drum videos
and at his drum clinics. By using the DTX drum triggering system, he is able to play a full band sound without a backing track. Jimbo has assisted
in the design of K Custom Hybrid Series of cymbals by Zildjian. His drum hero is Steve Gadd.
In 1999, he won second place in the British drum magazine RHYTHM for
most popular drummer. In June 2000, he became the first Asian drummer to be featured on the cover of Modern Drummer magazine. He appeared in the Modern Drummers
Festival in 2000.