- Kazunori Sugiyama
(b Tochigi, Japan, Dec 29, 1938). Japanese drummer, brother of Sadao Watanabe. He started singing at clubs in 1955, then changed to drums and made his professional début with Shungo Sawada’s group in 1957. Later he joined, among others, Masao Yagi’s trio and the quartet led by the tenor saxophonist Kazunori Takeda, worked with his brother’s group (1968–9, 1973) and the trios led by Takehiro Honda (1970) and Yosuke Yamashita (1972), and played with David Izenzon in Ornette Coleman’s trio (1967, in Tokyo). Watanabe led his own quintet and the trio Big Bird (consisting of Tsuyoshi Yamamoto and the double bass player Tsutomu Okada) from 1976. In 1995 he performed with Junior Mance and Barry Harris.