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Suzuki, Isao

Suzuki, Isao, bassist, cellist; b. Tokyo, 2 January 1936.

Suzuki is a graduate of Rikkyo University with degree in economics.  Became pro in 1956, played with George Kawaguchi's Big 4, Sleepy Matsumoto, and Watanabe Sadao.  He came to New York and worked with Art Blakey during 1969-70, and also with Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, Jim Hall, and others. Returned to Japan in 1971 and played there in bands led by Mal Waldron and Kenny Burrell. Starting in 1984 he co-led, with Hideto Kanai, the Japan Bass Players Club, an association of bassists. Since 1987 owned Osaka club Loft 6, where young players could gather.  Has expressed an interest in studying traditional Chinese music and combining with jazz.  One of Japan's most celebrated jazz artists.

Recordings:
Blow Up (1973); Blue City (1974); All Right! (1974); Orang-Utan (1975); Touch (1975); Push (with Noriko Miyamoto); Black Orpheus (1976); Hip Dancin' (with Sam Jones, Billy Higgins, 1976); Ako's Dream (1976); Cadillac Woman (with Cedar Walton, 1977); My Spare Time (1978); Burning Men (1978); String Band (1978); Solaris (1978); Balloon (1978); A Day Of The Sun (1979); The Thing (1979); Sincerely Yours (1980); Mongorian Chant (1980); Bamboo Dance (1980); The Trinity (1980); Samba Club (1980); Self-Portrait (1980); Smile The Trinity (1980); Foo Fou Fool (1981/1982); Three Cushion (1981); Scotch Blues (Isao Suzuki Meets Duke Jordan) (1982); Dark Eyes (1983); Approach (1986)
As sideperson:
Hampton Hawes: Jam Session (1968); Mal Waldron-Terumasa: Reminiscent Suite (1972); Kunihiko Sugano: Music (1973); Now's The Time: 5 Days In Jazz 1974 (1974); Sadao Watanabe: Mbali Africa (1974); Mari Nakamoto (1975); Like Old Times (with Mal Waldron, Jackie Mclean, Isao Suzuki, Billy Higgins, 1976); Fumio Karshima Trio: Gathering (1977); Jazz Of Japan: Live Under The Sky'77 (1977); Super George& The Super Band (1979); Bass Club (1979); Tamami First (1979); Mal Waldron: In Retrospect  (1982); Japanese Bassplayers Club: Bass Cookin' (1985); Fumiko Suzuki: Laura (1987)

Contact information:
isao-suzuki@mse.biglobe.ne.jp
http://www5d.biglobe.ne.jp/~isaojazz/ (in Japanese)

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