- Kazunori Sugiyama
(b Niigata, Japan, March 23, 1948). Japanese pianist. He received some piano lessons as a child, but taught himself to play in his high school years after listening to recordings by Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. While at Nippon University he began working professionally, initially accompanying the Japanese pop singer Micky Curtis, with whom he toured Europe in 1967. From 1974 he was the house pianist at Misty, a popular jazz club in Tokyo, and later that same year he made his first recordings as a leader. Later he performed at the festivals in Monterey (1977) and Montreux (1979) and lived in New York for a year, when he performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Carmen McRae, Sam Jones, Billy Higgins, Elvin Jones, and Sonny Stitt, among others. Yamamoto continued to play at Misty into the 1990s and recorded on a regular basis.
(recorded for Three Blind Mice unless otherwise indicated)...