Eiji Kitamura devoted himself to clarinet playing while still an undergraduate at Keio University in Tokyo.
He decided to become a professional musician in 1951.
Then he had been named ”Swing Journal Poll Winners” each and every year since 1959.
He had making many recordings and concerts throughout the 1960s/70s.
Also he had played with a legend musicians like Buddy DeFranco and Teddy Wilson.
In 1977 he was invited to the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Fortunately his performance got great praise.
So he appeared in 18 consecutive times and 1996 until 1994.
He was invited numerous times in major jazz festivals such as America, Europe and Australia.
Here is Eiji Kitamura with Teddy Wilson, Cal Tjader play “Avalon”.
Here is Scott Hamilton with Eiji Kitamura play “Lover, Come Back To Me”.