Hara [Tsukahara], Nobuo
- Yozo Iwanami
(b Toyama, Japan, Nov 19, 1926). Japanese tenor saxophonist and leader. He played in a navy band from 1943 and at an officers’ club in Tokyo after World War II. In 1952 he became the leader of the Sharps and Flats, which in 1969 became the first Japanese big band to appear at the Newport Jazz Festival and which remained in existence into the 1980s. Hara made about 100 recordings. His band’s style recalls that of Woody Herman’s First Herd; Hara’s saxophone playing is in a traditional swing style....