(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.
(all recorded for King)