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Kazumi Watanabe - 70% match to Sadao Watanabe

Genres: Jazz World Music
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14 October 1953, Tokyo, Japan. After studying guitar extensively at Tokyo’s Yamaha Music School Watanabe began his professional career playing in jazz rock bands, sometimes under his own leadership. His bands, which included Kylyn and Mobo, became very popular in Japan and he also took them to the USA. In 1989 he performed at the Montreux International Jazz Festival and Read more

Bob James - 67% match to Sadao Watanabe

Genres: Jazz Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
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25 December 1939, Marshall, Missouri, USA. James played the piano from the age of four and eventually gained an MA in Composition from the University of Michigan in 1962. He worked as musical director and accompanist with vocalist Sarah Vaughan until 1968. In 1973 Quincy Jones introduced him to Creed Taylor who was forming his CTI Records label. James became his arranger and Read more

David Sanborn - 59% match to Sadao Watanabe

Genres: Jazz Action & Adventure
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30 July 1945, Tampa, Florida, USA. Sanborn’s virtuosity has now spanned four decades, taking him from being a band member (with the seminal Paul Butterfield) to a leading session player for artists such as David Bowie, James Taylor and Stevie Wonder. His is the alto saxophone solo on Bowie’s ‘Young Americans’. He grew up in St. Louis and played with some Read more

Crusaders - 58% match to Sadao Watanabe

Genres: Christian & Gospel
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The Crusaders - 58% match to Sadao Watanabe

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul Television Pop / Rock
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This remarkably versatile group was formed in Houston, Texas, as the Swingsters. During the 50s, Wilton Felder (31 August 1940, Houston, Texas, USA; reeds), Wayne Henderson (b. 24 September 1939, Houston, Texas, USA; trombone), Joe Sample (b. 1 February 1939, Houston, Texas, USA; keyboards) and Nesbert ‘Stix’ Hooper (b. 15 August 1938, Houston, Texas, USA; drums), Read more

Yellowjackets - 58% match to Sadao Watanabe

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
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Over four decades, the Yellowjackets have achieved a formidable reputation for their live performances and critical and commercial success with their recordings of electric pop jazz. The members of the band are accomplished musicians in their own right and perhaps this accounts for the Yellowjackets’ two Grammys and six nominations. The formative line-up was assembled in 1 Read more

Fourplay - 56% match to Sadao Watanabe

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
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A group which has earned consistent critical praise for its blend of pop and contemporary jazz, Fourplay was formed by Bob James (25 December 1939, Marshall, Missouri, USA; keyboards), Lee Ritenour (b. 1 November 1953, Los Angeles, California, USA; guitar), Nathan East (bass) and Harvey Mason (b. 22 February 1947, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA; drums). Since forming in the Read more

Coleman Hawkins - 55% match to Sadao Watanabe

Genres: Jazz Big Band & Swing Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock World Music
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Coleman Randolph Hawkins, 21 November 1904, St. Joseph, Missouri, USA, d. 19 May 1969, New York City, New York, USA. Coleman Hawkins (aka ‘Bean’ and ‘Hawk’) is a colossus of the tenor saxophone, and hence of jazz. He was the first to use the instrument as a serious means of expression and continued to be open to new developments for 40 years. Starting pia Read more

Ronnie Laws - 55% match to Sadao Watanabe

Genres: Jazz
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Ronald Laws, 3 October 1950, Houston, Texas, USA. Laws played the saxophone from the age of 12, growing up with the musicians who were to become the Crusaders - the band with which his brother Hubert Laws played. Ronnie studied at the Stephen F. Austin State University and then at Texas Southern University. When he was 21 he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked with Von Rya Read more

Lee Ritenour - 47% match to Sadao Watanabe

Genres: Jazz Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
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Herbie Mann - 46% match to Sadao Watanabe

Genres: Jazz Latin Pop / Rock Vocals World Music Funk
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Herbert Jay Sololmon, 16 April 1930, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, d. 1 July 2003, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. After learning to play the clarinet while still a small child, Mann took up the flute. He developed his musical experience during military service. After leaving the US army, he was active in film and television studios as both performer and composer. He pl Read more

Yusef Lateef - 46% match to Sadao Watanabe

Genres: Jazz Easy Listening
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William Evans, 9 October 1920, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, Lateef began playing tenor saxophone in his late teens. In New York in the mid-40s he played in bands led by Lucky Millinder, Roy Eldridge and other leading jazz musicians of the swing era, but later in the decade, in Chicago, he played with Dizzy Gillespie. Thereafter, his work was cons Read more

Lonnie Liston Smith - 44% match to Sadao Watanabe

Genres: Jazz
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28 December 1940, Richmond, Virginia, USA. Not to be confused with the soul/jazz organist Lonnie Smith. Born into a very musical family, Smith seemed destined from a very early age to make music his career. His father and two brothers were all vocalists, but it was the keyboard that attracted Smith. After studying at Morgan State University, he moved to New York and immersed Read more

Joe Sample - 43% match to Sadao Watanabe

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
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Joseph Leslie Sample, 1 February 1939, Houston, Texas, USA. While still at high school, Sample co-founded a group that would dominate his working life. Known from 1960 as the Jazz Crusaders, the band, with its core of Sample on piano, Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder and Nesbert ‘Stix’ Hooper, produced a series of popular albums that helped to define the term ‘s Read more

Phil Woods - 40% match to Sadao Watanabe

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
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2 November 1931, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. Woods began playing alto saxophone as a child, studied later at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and by his early 20s had already made a significant mark on jazz. Playing hard bop and acknowledging Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker but never slavishly so, Woods became a vital force in jazz in the late 50s. He led his o Read more

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