- Kazunori Sugiyama
- and Gary W. Kennedy
(b Osaka, Jan 26, 1948). Japanese pianist and leader. Her mother, a piano teacher, began to give her lessons at the age of three, and she studied classical piano through her years at Tohogakuen Music University, from which she graduated in 1972; she also played double bass while in high school. She began her professional career in 1971 in the group led by the alto saxophonist Yoshio Otomo and then performed in bands led by Yoshio Ikeda, Motohiko Hino, the alto and soprano saxophonist Hidefumi Toki, and Joe Henderson. Her first recording was made in 1978, and her second, in December 1980, was as the leader of a quartet including Dave Liebman. In 1982 she performed in New York with Cecil McBee, Bob Moses, and Sheila Jordan. Having visited Europe regularly from 1981 (she appeared with her trio at the Berlin Jazz Festival that year, performed as an unaccompanied soloist in Nuremberg in ...