- Kazunori Sugiyama
- and Barry Kernfeld
(b Takamatsu, Japan, Aug 31, 1953). Japanese double bass player and leader. He grew up in a musical family, took up double bass at the age of 15, and attended the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, the Berklee College of Music (1974–5), and the Juilliard School (1980–84), where he completed undergraduate and graduate degrees. While still a student he performed with Horace Silver (1975), Joe Lee Wilson and Clifford Jordan (both 1975–9), and Jaki Byard (1977–81), as well as with Jackie McLean, Woody Shaw, Sunny Murray, Roy Haynes, Eddie Jefferson, Eddie Gomez, Rashied Ali, and Sam Rivers. Following his graduation he played with Gunter Hampel (1984–6, recording at Sweet Basil, New York, in 1985) and then worked with Archie Shepp (1986) and recorded with Fred Ho’s Afro-Asian Music Ensemble. Later he performed and recorded with Thomas Chapin (from ...