- Kazunori Sugiyama
(b Nobeoka, Japan, Feb 1, 1960). Japanese pianist and leader. He started piano lessons at the age of eight, learned violin from the age of ten, and took up drums when he was 13. Having made his début at a hotel lounge in Miyazaki in 1978, he moved to Tokyo in 1981 and joined Isao Suzuki’s group Soul Family. He then played in the bands led by the guitarist Yoshiyuki Miyanoue (from 1983), the tenor saxophonist Masato Imazu (from 1988), the trumpeter Hiroshi Murata and Yoichi Kobayashi (both 1986–9), and Eiji Kitamura (from 1997). In 1990 Yoshioka, who is known for his funky swing style, formed a trio, which was sometimes expanded to a quintet.
(recorded for Fun House unless otherwise indicated)