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date: 10 April 2020

Kitamura, Eiji locked

  • Yozo Iwanami
  •  and Kazunori Sugiyama


(b Tokyo, April 8, 1929). Japanese clarinetist. He played in a band at Keio University in Tokyo and worked professionally from the early 1950s. From 1954 he led a quintet, and in 1957 he played with Benny Goodman in Tokyo. He recorded as a leader with Teddy Wilson (1971, 1973), as a sideman with Woody Herman, John Lewis, Hank Jones, Earl Hines, and others, and as a leader of groups of which Wilson was a member (c1980, 1981). From 1978 to 1996 he appeared yearly at the Monterey Jazz Festival; he also performed at the Concord Jazz Festival annually from 1980 to 1983, and at the Mt. Hood (Oregon) Jazz Festival (1985 and 1991) and the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in Ireland (1995). During the 1980s and 1990s he often played in groups with Bill Berry. Kitamura is chiefly a swing and dixieland player, but in ...

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