- Kazunori Sugiyama
(b Tochigi, Japan, March 8, 1949). Japanese pianist and leader. He learned piano from the age of eight and started playing jazz while studying piano at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo. Having made his professional début with Sadao Watanabe’s quintet (1971) he later served as a sideman in Terumasa Hino’s quintet (1974–5) and Takeo Moriyama’s quintet (1978–82). From 1975 he led his own trio and other groups. He toured Europe and North America both as a member of Elvin Jones’s Jazz Machine (1985–90) and in Ray Anderson’s group (1990–92). From 1994 to 1995 he played with Leo Etoh’s Wa Daiko (traditional Japanese drumming) group. Itabashi has written scores for several Japanese and Chinese films.