- Kazunori Sugiyama
(b Osaka, Japan, Dec 24, 1910; d Tokyo, Aug 4, 1975). Japanese trumpeter and leader. He learned cornet in a brass band at the age of 14, turned professional two years later, and when he was 19 spent seven months in Shanghai, where Teddy Weatherford taught him to improvise. After returning to Japan he participated in the emerging vogue for American-style swing bands, and in the mid-1930s he made several recordings on which his Hot Peppers accompanied the singer Dick Mine (including ...