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Gary W. Kennedy

(Nicholas )

(b Boston, May 19, 1961). American pianist and record producer. He attended the Oberlin (Ohio) Conservatory of Music (BM piano and jazz 1983) and also studied classical Indian music (1983–4). Between 1986 and 1990 he led his own quartet, with either Joe Lovano or Dick Oatts on saxophone and Drew Gress and Jamey Haddad filling out the rhythm section, and from ...

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Kazunori Sugiyama and Barry Kernfeld

(b Takamatsu, Japan, Aug 31, 1953). Japanese double bass player and leader. He grew up in a musical family, took up double bass at the age of 15, and attended the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, the Berklee College of Music (1974–5), and the Juilliard School (1980–84), where he completed undergraduate and graduate degrees. While still a student he performed with Horace Silver (1975), Joe Lee Wilson and Clifford Jordan (both 1975–9), and Jaki Byard (1977–81), as well as with Jackie McLean, Woody Shaw, Sunny Murray, Roy Haynes, Eddie Jefferson, Eddie Gomez, Rashied Ali, and Sam Rivers. Following his graduation he played with Gunter Hampel (1984–6, recording at Sweet Basil, New York, in 1985) and then worked with Archie Shepp (1986) and recorded with Fred Ho’s Afro-Asian Music Ensemble. Later he performed and recorded with Thomas Chapin (from ...

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(b Tokyo, Feb 21, 1949). Japanese trombonist and leader. After working with Sadao Watanabe (1972–4) he attended the New England Conservatory and performed and recorded with its Jazz Repertory Orchestra (1974). He then returned to Japan, where he played and recorded as the leader of a quintet that included two trombones (...

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Kazunori Sugiyama

(b Tokyo, Feb 13, 1936). Japanese alto saxophonist and singer. He had violin lessons when he was ten, then changed to clarinet, and had taken up alto saxophone by the age of 17, at which time he began playing professionally at clubs on US military bases; when he was 20 he began to sing. From 1959 he led a succession of bands: Takashi Furuya and the Freshmen, the Concord, the Neo Sax Band, the Neighborhood Big Band, and Reunion. He also performed with the Blue Echoes, the Arrow Jazz Orchestra, Gil Evans’s Japanese orchestra, Fumio Karashima, and Makoto Ozone, recorded with the sextet led by the double bass player Naosuke Miyamoto (1973), and joined tours of Japan made by Phil Woods’s quartet, Mal Waldron, and Dizzy Gillespie. Furuya teaches at the NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Cultural Center and his own vocal school. In concert in Osaka in ...

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Walter Ojakäär

(Aramovich )

(b Moscow, Aug 15, 1934). Russian alto saxophonist, composer, and bandleader of Armenian descent. Formerly known as Garanyan, he began to spell his surname Garanian at some point in the 1990s. He taught himself to play saxophone and led an amateur octet (1954–7) which later evolved into the youth orchestra of the Art Workers’ Central House in Moscow. For the next eight years he was a principal soloist in and arranger for Oleg Lundstrem’s orchestra (1958–66); he also led a quartet with the guitarist Nikolay Gromin, performing at festivals in Tallinn, Prague, and Moscow. He was a member of the Kontsertny Estradny Orkestr Tsentral’novo TV i Vsesoyuznovo Radio (Concert variety orchestra of the central TV and all-union radio) from 1966 to 1970, and after studying at the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory (until 1969) he led the orchestra from 1970 until it disbanded in ...

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(b Bandoeng, Dutch East Indies [now Bandung, Java, Indonesia], Feb 21, 1930). Dutch double bass player. As a child he played harmonica and, from the age of eight, ukulele; he studied guitar from 1941, played Hawaiian music in Java during the Japanese occupation, and heard jazz on the AFRS network. In 1947 he moved to the Netherlands and in 1949, while in Berlin, took up double bass, which he played professionally with Pia Beck from October 1950. He toured Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark with Wallace Bishop (1951 – early 1952) and France and North Africa with Bill Coleman (1952), recorded with Coleman in Paris (1953), and while working as a freelance in the city accompanied Dizzy Gillespie, Don Byas, Martial Solal, and Henri Renaud, among others, and performed and recorded with Chet Baker (1955–6). In February 1957, under Baker’s sponsorship, he emigrated to the USA and worked with Terry Gibbs, Blossom Dearie, Miles Davis, and Bernard Peiffer. Later he played with Kai Winding (with whom he recorded in ...

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Kazunori Sugiyama

[Daisuke ]

(b Fukuoka, Japan, May 22, 1959). Japanese drummer. He began as a rock drummer at the age of 18, and took up jazz while at Chiba University. After graduating he spent several years as a studio musician. In 1987 he enrolled at the Berklee College of Music, and while in Boston he played regularly with Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Antonio Hart, Geoff Keezer, Junko Onishi, and others at local jazz clubs. He returned to Japan in 1991 and joined the quartets of Joh Yamada and Seiji Tada, as well as the ensemble Smokin’, led by the guitarist Yoshiaki Miyanoue. In 1992 he joined Onishi’s trio, with which he recorded and toured widely; the group appeared at the festivals in Montreux and Montreal as well as at Sweet Basil in New York. Hara also recorded with Eiji Kitamura and performed at a jazz festival in Los Angeles in 1996...

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Yozo Iwanami

(b Toyama, Japan, Nov 19, 1926). Japanese tenor saxophonist and leader. He played in a navy band from 1943 and at an officers’ club in Tokyo after World War II. In 1952 he became the leader of the Sharps and Flats, which in 1969 became the first Japanese big band to appear at the Newport Jazz Festival and which remained in existence into the 1980s. Hara made about 100 recordings. His band’s style recalls that of Woody Herman’s First Herd; Hara’s saxophone playing is in a traditional swing style....

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Kazunori Sugiyama

(b Yokosuka, Japan, Oct 21, 1966). Japanese trumpeter and leader. He took up trumpet at the age of 11 and began to play jazz in clubs in Nagoya while attending the university there. In 1989 he moved to Tokyo, where he performed with Atsushi Ikeda’s quintet, the quintet led by the tenor saxophonist Makoto Oka, X-Bar Unit, led by the pianist and keyboard player Makoto Kiriya, and the bands of Yutaka Shiina, Motohiko Hino, Junko Onishi, and the guitarist and keyboard player Koichi Hiroki. His principal activity from 1992 has been as co-leader with Masahiko Osaka of a hard-bop and modal-jazz quintet. He also recorded as a sole leader (1997, 1998), on the latter occasion with Jimmy Heath, John Hicks, Reggie Workman, and Jimmy Cobb as his sidemen. Hara teaches at Senzoku Junior College.

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Kazunori Sugiyama

(b Tokyo, Feb 26, 1960). Japanese alto and soprano saxophonist and leader. She began piano lessons at the age of five and took up alto saxophone in her junior high school brass band when she was 13. While at Tamagawa University she studied jazz and classical saxophone. She performed in Yosuke Yamashita’s Panja Swing Orchestra and with the band led by the reed player Yoshiaki Fujikawa in 1983, and toured Europe in Hans Reichel’s trio in 1987. In the 1990s she performed with the drummer Yuji Imamura, Hideto Kanai, Shota Koyama, Fumio Itabashi, and Peter Kowald, and in 1997 she became a member of the small group and orchestra led by the pianist Satoko Fujii. Her own group, Stir Up!, made its début at the Shinjuku Pit Inn in Tokyo in 1992. From 1998 Hayasaka has also led Black Out, a group that is principally a saxophone quartet but which is sometimes augmented by double bass or double bass and drums. She composed the score for the film ...

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Kazunori Sugiyama

(b Tokyo, Jan 1, 1950). Japanese alto saxophonist. He started on piano and took up alto saxophone to play in a brass band at junior high school. While at senior high school he sat in with Yosuke Yamashita’s group, and later he worked as a sideman with Yamashita (1980–84); he also joined Aki Takase’s quartet, Masahiko Togashi’s group, and Takeshi Shibuya’s orchestra. In the 1990s Hayashi led the group Mazuru (1990–92) and recorded with Takase’s septet (1994), the pianist Osamu Ichikawa (1996), and Junko Onishi (1997). He doubles on soprano, tenor, and baritone saxophones.

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Kazunori Sugiyama

(b Takamatsu, Japan, July 19, 1956). Japanese drummer. Self-taught, he took up drums at the age of 12 and made his professional début when he was 15. He joined the trio led by the pianist Takehisa Tanaka in 1977 and made his first recording the following year. While performing and recording with Naniwa Express, one of the most successful jazz fusion bands in Japan (1981–6), he played with Toshiyuki Honda (1983–9) and Kazumi Watanabe (1985–94). Later he was a member of Tiger Okoshi’s group (1989–90), and he worked with Takashi Furuya, the pianists Osamu Ichikawa and Sadayasu Fujii, Terumasa Hino, and the Hammond organ player Toshihiko Kankawa. Higashihara led a quartet featuring Junko Onishi, and from 1997 he co-led the group Yajyu Okoku, with the keyboard player Hiroyuki Naniwa, the guitarist Hirokuni Korekata, and the double bass player Yoshihiro Naruse. He also produced a series of concerts....

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Yozo Iwanami

revised by Kazunori Sugiyama

[Toko ]

(b Tokyo, Jan 3, 1946; d Tokyo, May 13, 1999). Japanese drummer and leader , brother of Terumasa Hino. He worked professionally as a tap-dancer from the age of eight and as a drummer from 1963. After playing with a quartet led by the tenor saxophonist Konosuke Saijo, with the Stardusters, and with quintets led by Shungo Sawada and by his brother, he formed his own trio. He moved to New York in 1978 to join JoAnne Brackeen’s trio, recorded with Bob Degen in Germany that same year, and played in the USA with Hugh Masekela, Joe Henderson, and Gary Bartz, among others. In 1980 he returned to Japan, where he rejoined his brother’s band, and from 1995 he toured Japan and the USA as a member of Terumasa Hino’s Asian Jazz All Stars. He played with Aki Takase, Nobuyoshi Ino, Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Gomez, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Kenny Kirkland, and many others while leading his own bands, and in the 1990s he recorded with Dave Liebman, Scofield, Mike Stern, and Steve Swallow among his guest soloists. In ...

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Yozo Iwanami

revised by Kazunori Sugiyama and Barry Kernfeld

(b Tokyo, Oct 25, 1942). Japanese trumpeter, cornetist, flugelhorn player, and leader, brother of Motohiko Hino. His father was a tap-dancer and trumpeter, and Hino began tap-dancing at the age of four and took up trumpet when he was nine. Self-taught, he made his professional début in 1955, playing in a swing big band at a US military base. In 1964 he joined a quintet led by the drummer Hideo Shiraki (with whom he appeared at the Berliner Jazztage the following year), and in 1967 he formed a quintet with Masabumi Kikuchi; Kikuchi left in 1968 and Hino continued as the group’s sole leader. After his album Hi-nology (1969) achieved great success he performed at the Berliner Jazztage (1971) and at many other festivals. From the mid-1970s he recorded regularly in Japan, Europe, and the USA (he settled in New York in June 1975...

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Kazunori Sugiyama

(b Iwata, Japan, Aug 21, 1945; d Tokyo, January 12, 2006). Japanese pianist and leader, father of Tamaya Honda. He learned piano from the age of five and began his professional career with the quartet led by the tenor saxophonist Kazunori Takeda while attending the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo. Having formed his own trio, he started recording in 1969. In 1973 he joined Sadao Watanabe’s quartet, then became co-leader, with Kosuke Mine, of a highly successful jazz-fusion group, Native Son; this group performed in São Paulo, Brazil, at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and at the Bottom Line and Seventh Avenue South in New York. Honda also worked with Motohiko Hino (who took part in a number of his recording sessions from the 1970s into the 1990s), Hiroshi Murakami, Hiroshi Fukumura, Shigeharu Mukai, Ron Carter and Tony Williams (who made up Honda’s trio for recordings in 1977...

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Kazunori Sugiyama

(b Tokyo, Nov 25, 1969). Japanese drummer, son of Takehiro Honda. His mother is the jazz singer Chiko Honda, and he is a nephew of Sadao Watanabe and Fumio Watanabe. Self-taught from a young age, he first performed when he was 13 at the jazz festival at Madarao with the fusion group Native Son, led by his father and Kosuke Mine. Later he was a member of Native Son (1985–92), as well as of Masabumi Kikuchi’s trio (1993), Sadao Watanabe’s quartet (1995), and Kimiko Itoh’s group (1995–7). Honda led his own trio from 1994 and a fusion band from 1997 (which recorded the album Planet X, 1999, Somethin’ Else 68047). At the same time he performed in trios led by his father (from 1990), Fumio Karashima (from 1992, with whom he recorded Open the Gate, 1996, Pol. POCJ1359), and Kazumi Watanabe (from ...

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Yozo Iwanami

revised by Kazunori Sugiyama

(b Tokyo, April 9, 1957). Japanese alto and soprano saxophonist, flutist, and leader. His father was the jazz critic Toshiyuki Honda. He taught himself to play saxophone and flute during his high school years, joined a sextet led by George Otsuka in 1976, and the following year formed the group Burning Waves. In 1983 he recorded with Chick Corea. He played with Kazumi Watanabe and wrote arrangements for Tatsuya Takahashi’s album Beauties (1985, TDK T28P1007). Honda began his career as a jazz-rock player, but from 1985 he worked in a more conventional jazz idiom as the leader of the Super Quartet. In 1987 he formed the group Radio Club and started working in film music; after his first effort, Taxing Woman, won several awards, he became deeply involved in composing for films, television, and commercials, though he also produced recordings by pop artists.

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Mary Talusan

(b Anaheim, CA, Nov 15, 1970). American jazz percussionist and composer. Of Filipino heritage, Ibarra grew up in Houston, Texas. She received a music diploma from Mannes College and a BA from Goddard College. She studied drums with Buster Smith and Vernel Fournier and percussion with Milford Graves. She also played with William Parker and his big band, The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra. In the 1990s, Ibarra became interested in Philippine musical traditions and took lessons on kulintang from master artist Danongan Kalanduyan. She joined the avant-garde free jazz quartet led by David S. Ware and became well known in the New York jazz scene. She collaborated on several albums with a number of respected musicians such as Assif Tsahar, Cooper-Moore, Charles Burnham, Chris Speed, Wadada Leo Smith, and Pauline Oliveros, notably on the album ...

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Kazunori Sugiyama

(b Tokyo, June 2, 1932). Japanese alto saxophonist. Self-taught, he took up saxophone at the age of 19. After playing in 1952 with Shungo Sawada’s group, in 1954 he joined the pianist Shotaro Moriyasu, who suggested that he study Charlie Parker’s music. Thereafter he played mainly with big bands: the West Liners (1955–60), Nobuo Hara and his Sharps and Flats (1960–70), the Blue Coats (1970–80), and Shigenori Obara and his Joyful Orchestra, in which Igarashi has served as concertmaster from 1978. He is known for his warm tone and relaxed swing, both after the manner of Johnny Hodges.

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Kazunori Sugiyama

(b Kitami, Hokkaido, Japan, Jan 17, 1965). Japanese trumpeter. He began on piano when he was four and took up trumpet at the age of ten after purchasing an album by Miles Davis. In 1985 he moved to Tokyo to attend Kunitachi College of Music. In the late 1980s he joined the New Tide Jazz Orchestra, the Japanese Jazz Messengers, the group led by the tenor saxophonist Seiichi Nakamura, and Motohiko Hino’s ensemble 196X. He also played with Kazumi Watanabe, Fumio Karashima, Takehiro Honda, Tommy Flanagan, Duke Jordan, Ray Bryant, and Kenny Barron, among others. In 1993 he appeared, together with Hino, in Aki Takase’s group at Jazzfest Berlin; later he toured Germany (1994, 1996). In New York in 1996 Igarashi held a brief engagement at Birdland and appeared in a concert at Town Hall with Roy Haynes, Stanley Turrentine, and others.

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