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Kazunori Sugiyama

(b Kyoto, Japan, Oct 20, 1957). Japanese pianist, leader, and arranger. He took piano lessons from the ages of four to 12, joined his father’s group, the Kyoto Bel-Ami All Stars, in 1974, and in 1977 moved to Tokyo. There he joined George Kawaguchi’s band and performed with Toshiyuki Honda’s group Burning Waves, Sadao Watanabe, a band co-led by Motohiko Hino and Joe Henderson (1988), Terumasa Hino, Yoshio Suzuki, Kimiko Itoh, Shunzo Ohno, and others. He recorded frequently with musicians in Los Angeles. His own groups included Noriki (1983–6), Pole Pole I’s (1988–90), and a trio (from 1998). Noriki maintains an active career as a studio musician and arranges music for films and television.

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Kazunori Sugiyama

(b Fukuoka, Japan, Sept 27, 1927). Japanese tenor saxophonist and leader. He played piano from the age of 13, took up alto saxophone in a navy band in 1943, and changed to the tenor instrument two years later to play jazz. Having been a member of the groups Tokyo Jive and Gay Septet, he launched his own Prez Six (later Prez Nine as well) in 1956. In the 1960s he composed a few Japanese pop hits. He formed the Great Jazz Quintet with Hank Jones in 1989 and performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival several times. Oda was known throughout his career as “Japanese Prez” because of his devotion to Lester Young’s style.

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Yozo Iwanami

revised by Barry Kernfeld

(b Gifu, Japan, March 22, 1949). Japanese trumpeter. After moving to Tokyo he worked with the alto saxophonist Keiichiro Ebihara and his Lobsters (from 1968), Takeshi Inomata’s group Sound Limited, and the group Soul Media, led by the tenor saxophonist Jiro Inagaki. From 1971 to 1973 he performed in George Otsuka’s quintet, and in New York from 1973 to 1975 he was a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He then played with Roy Haynes and Norman Connors, recorded as a leader (from 1975), and with Machito recorded two albums (1982) and performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague. In 1983 he became a sideman in Gil Evans’s orchestra, and between 1985 and 1987 he made tours of Japan with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Larry Coryell in the band Super Sounds. After injuring his lips in an automobile accident in ...

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Kazunori Sugiyama

(b Berlin, Feb 21, 1925; d Tokyo, September 2, 2003). Japanese singer. The first Japanese jazz singer after World War II, he rose to popularity after joining the Blue Coats orchestra in 1949. He also acted and sang in films and the musical theater. In 1962 he performed with Chico Hamilton, and in ...

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Kazunori Sugiyama

(b Yokohama, Japan, April 2, 1963). Japanese pianist and keyboard player. He began on electronic organ at the age of eight and changed to piano when he was 18. Later he performed and recorded with numerous groups, including those of the alto saxophonist Hidefumi Toki (from 1990), Motohiko Hino (...

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Kazunori Sugiyama and Barry Kernfeld

(b Kobe, Japan, Sept 10, 1941). Japanese trumpeter and flugelhorn player. He grew up in a musical family and learned koto from the age of ten; his mother was a master teacher of that traditional instrument. In 1955 he began to study trumpet in a brass band in high school, and some time afterwards he took lessons from Fumio Nanri. From 1959 he played in a dixieland band while studying architecture at Osaka Industrial University. Around 1956, when Kenny Dorham was performing in Osaka, Oki discovered bop and briefly studied with Dorham; later he went to Tokyo to study with Sadao Watanabe. He played in groups led by the double bass player Nobusuke Miyamoto (1965), the pianist Yoku Tamura (1965–8), Kosuke Mine (1968–70), and the tenor saxophonist Akio Nishimura (1970–73), and formed the group ESSG with Masahiko Togashi, Masahiko Sato, and the saxophonist Mototeru Takagi (...

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Kazunori Sugiyama and Barry Kernfeld

[Toru ]

(b Ashita, Japan, March 21, 1950). Japanese trumpeter and leader. Self-taught, he took up trumpet at the age of 11. While attending Kansei Gakuin University he performed with Terumasa Hino and Sadao Watanabe, among others. He led a quintet at a number of clubs in 1971, and then following his graduation he married in 1972 and traveled across the USA on his honeymoon; having arrived on the East Coast he chose to remain in Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music. Graduating in 1975, he toured the USA with Buddy Rich’s orchestra later that same year and in 1976 began teaching at Berklee. Okoshi accompanied Tony Bennett (1976), toured worldwide and recorded (1978) with Gary Burton, and played with George Russell and Dave Liebman. During the same period he founded his own group, Tiger’s Baku, which made its first recording in 1980; his sidemen at various times included Mike Stern, Bill Frisell, Vinnie Colaiuta, Tommy Campbell, and Kermit Driscoll. In ...

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Kazunori Sugiyama

(b Tokyo, July 5, 1949). Japanese pianist and leader. He took piano lessons from the ages of five to 19, began to play jazz and Brazilian music, and turned professional in 1974 after graduating from Tokyo Institute of Technology. In 1979 he made his first recording as a leader, with a quartet featuring Frank Wess. Later he led a quintet (...

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Kazunori Sugiyama

(b Tokyo, Aug 11, 1966). Japanese drummer and leader. He started playing drums at the age of three, when he was given a miniature set as a birthday gift. While living in Kenya from ages five to eight he worked professionally as a musician at the Nairobi National Theater for a month. After returning to Japan he studied drums privately (1975–8). He was featured on various radio and TV programs as a child prodigy and gave his first recital in Tokyo when he was 11; that same year he recorded his first album as a leader. In 1978 he accompanied Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Stitt at the Monterey Jazz Festival in Japan. He then worked with Toshiyuki Honda (1978–84), Mikio Masuda (1984–7), and Fumio Karashima (1987–91). Having graduated from Hosei University in 1987, he moved in 1991 to New York, where he later performed with Kenny Garrett, Don Friedman, and Ron McClure, among many others. Okudaira became a member of Carlos Garnett’s quartet in ...

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Kazunori Sugiyama

(b Kyoto, Japan, April 16, 1967). Japanese pianist and leader. She learned piano from the age of four. While attending the Berklee College of Music (from 1986) she played in jam sessions with Delfeayo Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Geoff Keezer, and others, and she made her professional début with Slide Hampton in France (1988). After graduating in 1989 and moving to New York she became the pianist in Jesse Davis’s quintet, which served as the house band at Augie’s. She toured the USA, Japan, and Europe with Gary Thomas (1990), Europe and the USA with Joe Henderson, and the USA and Japan with Kenny Garrett (1991), and during the same period she worked with Terence Blanchard, Greg Osby, the Mingus Big Band, and Mingus Dynasty. On moving back to Japan in 1992 Onishi joined Shigeharu Mukai’s quintet and formed her own trio, whose first recordings were highly successful; Rodney Whitaker and Billy Higgins were the sidemen on her second album. In ...

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Kazunori Sugiyama

(b Akita, Japan, Sept 28, 1966). Japanese drummer and leader. He took up drums at the age of ten and in 1986 enrolled at the Berklee College of Music. In 1990 he returned to Japan to start a professional career, and his participation that same year in Roy Hargrove’s quartet with Yutaka Shiina led to the formation, in 1991, of the quintet Jazz Networks (with the addition of Antonio Hart); the group made several successful recordings. In 1992, with Tomonao Hara, Osaka formed a quintet. He teaches part-time at Senzoku Junior College.

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Kazunori Sugiyama

(b Osaka, Japan, Oct 24, 1960). Japanese double bass player and leader. He received piano lessons from the age of three, took up guitar at age 13 and electric bass guitar the following year, and changed to double bass when he was 19. Later he performed with Sadao Watanabe, Motohiko Hino, the pianist and keyboard player Makoto Kuriya, and the guitarist Toshiki Nunokawa, with whom he recorded the album ...

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Kazunori Sugiyama

[Keiji ]

(b Tokyo, April 6, 1937). Japanese drummer. Self-taught, he took up drums while working as an assistant for bands, made his professional début with Sadao Watanabe’s Cozy Quartet in the late 1950s, and rose to popularity as a member of Hidehiko Matsumoto’s quartet (1961–4). In 1965 he formed a successful trio featuring the pianist Hideo Ichikawa and recorded with Roy Haynes as guest drummer; in 1970 he toured Japan in the group Four Drums, consisting of Haynes, Jack DeJohnette, and Mel Lewis. He led a quintet from 1971 and various units under the name of Maracaibo from the late 1970s, and he toured Japan with many visiting musicians, including Elvin Jones, Phil Woods, Reggie Workman, Kenny Kirkland, John Scofield, Richard Beirach, Miroslav Vitous, and Nana Vasconcelos. From the late 1980s he led the group We Three (not to be confused with another Japanese group, We 3), with Hiroyuki Takimoto on piano and Hideaki Kanazawa on double bass. Otsuka has been one of the busiest modern-jazz musicians in Japan, and his group is known for providing a stepping stone for developing young musicians....

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Robert L. Doerschuk

revised by Mark Gilbert and Barry Kernfeld

(b Kōbe, Japan, March 25, 1961). Japanese pianist. The son of a jazz pianist and organist, he was a reluctant student of classical piano as a child. At first, under the influence of Jimmy Smith, he would only play jazz on the Hammond organ, but after attending a concert by Oscar Peterson at the age of 12 he took up jazz piano and transcribed some of Peterson’s solos. From 1980 he attended the Berklee College of Music, where he quickly assimilated new ideas through his work with Gary Burton and from the playing of such musicians as Chick Corea. Ozone recorded albums in a duo with Phil Wilson (1982), a faculty member at Berklee, and in a quartet led by Bobby Shew. More significantly, after graduating he joined Burton’s band and in 1983 made a world tour; he also began to give performances as an unaccompanied soloist. In ...

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Robert Pernet

[Paquet, Pierre ]

(b Brussels, Aug 8, 1904; d Westende, Belgium, Dec 26, 1965). Belgian trumpeter, composer, and arranger. With his family he moved at an early age to China, where he first studied music. He returned in 1912 to Brussels, and despite an accident that left him without the use of one arm took up trumpet in 1924. In the following years he was a member of the Varsity Ramblers and, with David Bee, of the group Bistrouille ADO, as a member of which he wrote such compositions as Alabama Mamma, The Blue Duke, and Dixie Melody; the last named was recorded by the band in 1930 (Col. DF319). After Bee’s departure from the group early in 1927 Packay became its leader and devoted greater attention to composition. With several members of Bistrouille ADO he later formed a band called Packay’s Swing Academy, which accompanied Coleman Hawkins in Brussels; he also wrote arrangements for the American bandleader Billy Arnold. Packay recorded his piece ...

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Val Wilmer

[Theresa; Naa-koshie]

(b Bodmin, England, Nov 8, 1940). English singer, pianist, and percussionist, daughter of Cab Kaye. She began singing professionally in 1962 with the Latin jazz band led by the Filipino pianist and vibraphonist Ido Martin, then sang with the pianists Colin Purbrook, Leon Cohen, and Brian Lemon (with John Stevens on drums). Following a nightclub residency with the Guyanese singer and percussionist Frank Holder she joined a Trinidadian band, the Merrymakers, in Germany. She continued to alternate nightclub work with jazz, playing congas and singing. In Berlin she worked with Carmell Jones, Dave Pike, and Leo Wright. Quaye traveled to Ghana, and in Paris she played with the Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango. At this point she reclaimed her Ga name Naa-koshie, which she used professionally for some years. In New York in the early 1970s she played congas for Syvilla Forte’s dance troupe, sang with Harold Mabern, Jiunie Booth, Richard Davis, and Art “Shaki” Lewis, took part in jam sessions with Billy Higgins and others, and recorded on congas with Archie Shepp (...

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Guillermo I. Olliver and Rainer E. Lotz

[Mike; Muhiddin, Ahmed]

(b Constantinople [now Istanbul], Sept 24, 1905). Argentine bandleader, banjoist, guitarist, and singer of Turkish birth. While attending the University of Michigan he played banjo under the name Ahmed Muhiddin in student bands (1924–31) and in an orchestra led by Jean Goldkette (1927). He worked as a newspaper correspondent in Uruguay and at the same time played in and around Montevideo in a trio led by the pianist Luis Rolero, with which he later moved to Buenos Aires; after this group disbanded in 1934 he joined the Dixie Pals, led by the violinist Paul Wyer, with which he recorded several tracks for Victor, including a version of his own composition Africa (1934, 37642). From 1936 to the early 1940s he played with the pianist Rene Cospito and his Orquesta Argentina de Jazz, with the drummer Mario D’Alo’s Rhythm Kings, and in a group modeled after the Quintette du Hot Club de France that included Hernán Oliva (violin), Dave Washington (second guitar), and Louis Vola (double bass). In the late 1930s, by which time he had taken the name Ahmed Ratip, he studied harmony with the bandleader Russ Goudy. Early in ...

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Barry Kernfeld

[Choudhury, Amerendra Roy]

(b East Pakistan [now Bangladesh], c1945). Pakistani tablā player. He received some lessons from his uncle but was mainly self-taught. Late in 1968 he moved to the USA to undertake graduate work in statistics at New York University and began playing jazz-rock in clubs in New York, often with John McLaughlin; he recorded two tracks on the guitarist’s album My Goal’s Beyond (1970, Douglas 9). Having gained a master’s degree he began doctoral work, but he abandoned this in order to tour and record with Miles Davis (1972–c1974); he also recorded with Pharoah Sanders (1972) and Lonnie Liston Smith (1973). Between 1973 and 1976 Roy was a member of Dave Liebman’s group Lookout Farm, with which he toured Europe, India, and Japan and made a number of recordings (including the album Sweet Hands, 1975, A&M Hor. 702); during the same period he performed and recorded with Frank Tusa (...

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Kimberly McCord

(b Bucharest, Dec 14, 1946). Romanian singer. She studied violin and voice and attended the conservatory in Bucharest (1965–7); in 1965 she toured the USSR, Poland, and Israel with Janos Kőrössi’s trio. From 1966 to 1969 she performed with the Bucharest Jazz Quintet, and in 1971 she recorded as its leader. Having married the group’s drummer, Ron Rully, she moved with him to Canada. She performed with Duke Ellington at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1972, then worked in Europe with Art Farmer and Slide Hampton; around 1973–4 she made further recordings as a leader. After working in Canada with Gene DiNovi (1974) and touring the USA and Japan with Quincy Jones she performed with the Thad Jones–Mel Lewis Orchestra, and in 1977, in Sweden, she recorded the album Thad and Aura (Four Leaf Clover 5020) with Jones. Nothing is known of her career after the late 1970s. Rully had a pure, full tone, which rose to piercing intensity when she was scat singing....

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Sergey Belichenko

(Emirovich )

(b Baku, Azerbaijan SSR [now Azerbaijan], June 6, 1946). Azerbaijani pianist. He first played jazz at the age of 12 and later completed studies in piano and composition at both the Azerbaijan Conservatory and, in 1969, the Baku Conservatory. While still a teenager he organized a student “symphojazz” group and led a trio, and in 1964 he was invited by the tenor saxophonist Vladimir Sermakashev to play in the KM Quartet at the jazz club Youth. In Moscow he worked with such musicians as Aleksey Zubov, Gennady Golstain, and Konstantin Nosov and played at the jazz clubs Sinyay Pittsa (Bluebird) and Pechora. He was a member of the band Blue Screen (1969–71), Oleg Lundstrem’s orchestra (1973–7), the Azerbaijan State Variety-Symphonic Orchestra (1977–9), and Georgy Garanian’s ensemble Melody (1979–85), to which he contributed compositions and arrangements; he also formed the Quintet of the Soloists of Melody (including Zubov), which recorded his first album as a leader. In ...