Isao Suzuki

    Genre : Instrumental Jazz

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The grand master of jazz in Japan, Isao Suzuki is a bassist,multi instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer, and bandleader. Suzuki is a graduate of Rikkyo University with degree in economics. He became a 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. Over the years, he has expressed an interest in studying traditional Chinese music and combining with jazz.