Hara, Dairiki [Daisuke ]
- Kazunori Sugiyama
(b Fukuoka, Japan, May 22, 1959). Japanese drummer. He began as a rock drummer at the age of 18, and took up jazz while at Chiba University. After graduating he spent several years as a studio musician. In 1987 he enrolled at the Berklee College of Music, and while in Boston he played regularly with Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Antonio Hart, Geoff Keezer, Junko Onishi, and others at local jazz clubs. He returned to Japan in 1991 and joined the quartets of Joh Yamada and Seiji Tada, as well as the ensemble Smokin’, led by the guitarist Yoshiaki Miyanoue. In 1992 he joined Onishi’s trio, with which he recorded and toured widely; the group appeared at the festivals in Montreux and Montreal as well as at Sweet Basil in New York. Hara also recorded with Eiji Kitamura and performed at a jazz festival in Los Angeles in 1996...