(b Nagano, Japan, March 21, 1946). Japanese double bass player and pianist. He learned piano and violin from an early age, took up guitar in his teens, and played piano in a band at Waseda University in Tokyo. At the suggestion of Sadao Watanabe he changed to double bass, then performed with Watanabe’s quartet from 1969 and with Masabumi Kikuchi’s sextet from 1971. After moving to New York (1973) he worked with Stan Getz (1974), Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (1974–6), and the quintet of Bill Hardman and Junior Cook (1977–82); he also played with Dave Liebman, Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, and Sonny Stitt, among others, and studied at the Juilliard School. Suzuki returned to Tokyo in 1984 and led the groups Matsuri (1984–92) and East Bounce (from 1992).