Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Inoue, Satoshi, guitar; b. 12 Nov. 1956, Hyogo district, Kobe, Japan. His father played shamisen and guitar as a hobby, and his mother played piano. A cousin is a rock guitarist. Wes Montgomery was an early inspiration. He played progressive rock and has a few recordings from those early days.
Inoue earned a political science degree at Doshisha University, and from 1979-81 studied at Kyoto's Fuji School of Music. Between 1981-1988, he led his own groups in Japan. He first performed in the U.S. during the Asian-American Jazz Festival held in Manhattan in 1985. He moved to New York in 1989 to study at The New School University where he met Jim Hall, who became a mentor. He has been on the faculty of the University since his senior year. He earned a Master's degree at the City College of New York. He toured to Chicago with Jack McDuff for a week in March 1990. He co-led a band with Arnie Lawrence and Herman Foster for several years beginning in 1993. He went to Japan with Junior Mance for a week in October 1995, and with Mance and Frank Foster for a week in October 1996. In 1999, Inoue and Hall appeared in concert together. He has also performed with James Moody; James Williams; Cecil Bridgewater; Slide Hampton; Barry Harris; Jimmy Heath; David Hazeltine; Jon Faddis; Akira Tana; Toshiko Akiyoshi, and others.
His own band has gigged at New York's top jazz venues. Since the 1990s, Inoue has brought American musicians to Japan to conduct fall tours for concerts and workshops, including the "Big Apple in Nonoichi" festival. He plays an Abe Rivera "Bebop" arch-top guitar.
IAJE 1993, Special Citation for Outstanding Musicianship
As leader and co-leader:
Plays Satoshi (1996) , Songs (1999), Live At Smoke (2002), Guitars Alone(duet with Peter Bernstein; 2003).
Deanna Kirk: Live at Deanna's (first issued recording); Junior Mance.
New York City radio performing with Sam Yahel and with Armen Donelian, and many in Japan.
He plays a duet with Jim Hall on Hall's Jazz Guitar Master Class Volumes 1&2 .
His lessons on jazz standards appear in his monthly column in the Japanese jazz magazine Jazz Life .