- Kazunori Sugiyama
(b Kyoto, Japan, Oct 20, 1957). Japanese pianist, leader, and arranger. He took piano lessons from the ages of four to 12, joined his father’s group, the Kyoto Bel-Ami All Stars, in 1974, and in 1977 moved to Tokyo. There he joined George Kawaguchi’s band and performed with Toshiyuki Honda’s group Burning Waves, Sadao Watanabe, a band co-led by Motohiko Hino and Joe Henderson (1988), Terumasa Hino, Yoshio Suzuki, Kimiko Itoh, Shunzo Ohno, and others. He recorded frequently with musicians in Los Angeles. His own groups included Noriki (1983–6), Pole Pole I’s (1988–90), and a trio (from 1998). Noriki maintains an active career as a studio musician and arranges music for films and television.