Kitagawa [Obata], Kiyoshi
- Kazunori Sugiyama
(b Osaka, Japan, Dec 5, 1958). Japanese double bass player. He played electric bass guitar in a high school rock band and then studied double bass privately while attending Kansei Gakuin University. Later he performed with the quartets led by the pianist Sadayasu Fujii (1984) and by Takashi Furuya (1987). Having moved to the USA, he worked with the Harper Brothers (1989–90), Andy Bey (1989–91), Kenny Barron and Jimmy Heath (both from 1993), Kenny Garrett (1993–5), Makoto Ozone (from 1996), and Terrell Stafford (from 1997); he recorded with the Harpers, Heath, Garrett, and Ozone, as well as with Susannah McCorkle (1993–4).