Sadao Watanabe

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by Sadao Watanabe

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1 December 1933, Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan. His father was a professional music teacher and Watanabe took up the clarinet to play in the school band before moving on to the alto saxophone. He moved to Tokyo in 1951 and took flute lessons with a member of the Tokyo Philharmonic. Watanabe joined the quartet of Toshiko Akiyoshi and became its leader when she left in 1956. He went to study at the Berklee College Of Music in the early 60s and worked with musicians including Gabor Szabo, Chico... Read more

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jazz
saxophone
smooth jazz
japanese
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