Takayanagi, Masayuki [JoJo ]
- Kazunori Sugiyama
(b Tokyo, Dec 22, 1932; d Tokyo, June 23, 1991). Japanese guitarist. He taught himself to play guitar during his high school years and made his professional début in 1951. In 1954, while performing with Toshiko Akiyoshi, Sadao Watanabe, and Hampton Hawes, he formed his own quartet, New Direction. From 1959 through 1965 he took a leading role in various experimental activities under the banner of Shinseiki Ongaku Kenkyusyo (New Century Music Laboratory, a forum for avant-garde musicians), and in 1961 he formed the cooperative quartet Jazz Academy with Masahiko Togashi, Masabumi Kikuchi, and another of the laboratory’s central figures, Hideto Kanai. Takayanagi formed a bossa nova band in 1967. Later in his career he founded a tango group (1989) – he performed fluently in more traditional jazz styles as well – but he mainly led bands oriented towards free jazz, including the groups Jazz Contemporary and Tee & Company. In ...