- Kazunori Sugiyama
- and Barry Kernfeld
(b Kobe, Japan, Sept 10, 1941). Japanese trumpeter and flugelhorn player. He grew up in a musical family and learned koto from the age of ten; his mother was a master teacher of that traditional instrument. In 1955 he began to study trumpet in a brass band in high school, and some time afterwards he took lessons from Fumio Nanri. From 1959 he played in a dixieland band while studying architecture at Osaka Industrial University. Around 1956, when Kenny Dorham was performing in Osaka, Oki discovered bop and briefly studied with Dorham; later he went to Tokyo to study with Sadao Watanabe. He played in groups led by the double bass player Nobusuke Miyamoto (1965), the pianist Yoku Tamura (1965–8), Kosuke Mine (1968–70), and the tenor saxophonist Akio Nishimura (1970–73), and formed the group ESSG with Masahiko Togashi, Masahiko Sato, and the saxophonist Mototeru Takagi (...