- Kazunori Sugiyama
(b Tokyo, May 17, 1931). Japanese double bass player. He studied double bass at the age of 19 and in 1951 joined Fumio Nanri’s Hot Peppers. Around 1959 he was a founding member of Shinseiki Ongaku Kenkyusyo (New Century Music Laboratory, a forum for avant-garde musicians), and later he led the Kings Lore Orchestra (1966–74); Masabumi Kikuchi, Masayuki Takayanagi, Masahiko Togashi, Yosuke Yamashita, Terumasa Hino, and many other progressive musicians of the period emerged from this institution and orchestra. Kanai formed the cooperative quartet Jazz Academy, with Kikuchi, Takayanagi, and Togashi, in 1961, and another quartet, with Sadao Watanabe, Norio Maeda, and Takeshi Inomata, in 1964. From 1977 he made many tours and recordings as a member of Takayanagi’s group Tee & Company, and from 1984 he co-led, with Isao Suzuki, an organization for bass players, the Japan Bass Players Club. One of the most aggressive activists in furthering modern jazz and free jazz in Japan, Kanai has remained active with various projects into the new century....