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Shiraki, Hideo

Shiraki, Hideo, drummer, b. Tokyo, 1 January 1933, d. 31 August 31, 1972.  Along with George Kawaguchi, regarded as one of the star drummers of the 50s and 60s. While studying percussion at Tokyo School of Fine Arts, he performed with Masashi Nagao 's Blue Coats. His late-fifties, early-sixties quintet was the most popular group in Japan, and helped instigate the "funky boom," or fad for hard bop in Japan.  Sleepy Matsumoto, Terumasa Hino, and Yuzuru Sera are some of the stars who played in his band.  In Nov. 1965 Shiraki's band played with a koto quartet at the Berlin Jazz Festival, and earned acclaim for blending jazz with traditional Japanese music.  His early death robbed the Japanese jazz world of one of its most compelling musical personalities.

Hideo Shiraki in Festival (Matsuri no genso) (1961); Japan Meets Jazz  (1968)


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