- Kazunori Sugiyama
(b Tokyo, April 18, 1955). Japanese tenor saxophonist and leader. He started piano lessons at the age of three but taught himself to play tenor saxophone when he was 17; later he doubled on flute and bass clarinet. After joining Elvin Jones’s Japanese Jazz Machine (1990) he became a member of Issei Igarashi’s group (1991), Shota Koyama’s group Ichigo Ichie (1996), the band led by the Hammond organ player Toshihiko Kankawa (1998), and the saxophone quartet Saxophobia (1998). His own quartet consisted of Yutaka Shiina, Shigeo Aramaki, and Dairiki Hara from 1995, but in 1998–9 he toured and recorded with an American rhythm section of Rod Williams, Jaribu Shahid, and the drummer Eli Fountain. Takeuchi is a powerful free-jazz tenor saxophonist.