- Yozo Iwanami
- and Kazunori Sugiyama
(b Oita, Japan, March 9, 1948). Japanese pianist and leader. He learned piano from the age of three and later attended Kyushu University, where his father taught music. Although he moved to New York in 1973, he returned to Japan the following year and joined a group led by George Otsuka in 1975. From 1980 to 1985 he was a member of Elvin Jones’s Jazz Machine, with which he toured Europe and the USA, performed frequently in New York, and recorded several albums. After leaving Jones, Karashima performed mainly as an unaccompanied soloist. He led his own quintet from 1988 to 1991 and formed a trio featuring talented young musicians in 1993. As a sideman he performed or recorded with Larry Coryell, Dave Liebman, Tony Williams, Jim Hall, Toots Thielemans, Kazumi Watanabe, Kosuke Mine, and Motohiko Hino, among many others. In the 1990s he often toured Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia....