タグ別アーカイブ: Eiji Kitamura

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March 09.2017

Photo above of Eiji Kitamura and Buddy DeFranco by 北村英治 Official website(from Eiji Kitamura Gallery)

Buddy DeFrancoからの言葉を週刊朝日(2016年5月20日号)から引用致しました。Go here

『プロが俺の真似をするなんて、冗談じゃない。自分のものがないじゃないか。スタイルは何でも良いけれど、自分のスタイルがない限り、プロとは言えないんだよ。コピーなんかやめて、自分のスタイルで吹いてみろ』

Eiji kitamura became one of Japan’s most internationally-recognised musical figures.

He is still an active performer touring Japan with his band and frequently appearing abroad.

Finally I want to summarize the speaking of Buddy DeFranco with Eiji Kitamura.

When Buddy came to Japan as leader of Glenn Miller Orchestra,

Eiji Kitamura visited a dressing room in Buddy and played clarinet in front of Buddy.

In those days he always listened to the record of Buddy DeFranco.

Proudly he played like Buddy Defranco’s records.

Then Buddy said:

“You took a good playing. Are you an amateur or a professional? “

Eiji answered “I am professional musician”.

Consequently he got angry at once.

“It is embarrassing for professional musician to imitate me.

You should have your own distinctive.

Unless you have your own style, you are not a professional musician.

Do not imitate my performance.

You should play with your own style.”

So he ceased to play bebop jazz and returned to swing jazz style.

Here is Buddy DeFranco plays “Yesterdays”.
with Les Brown and his Band of Renown “Aurex Jazz Festival”.

Here is Eiji Kitamura plays “The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise”.

Here is Eiji Kitamura plays “Memories of You”.

Here is Eiji Kitamura plays .

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March 08.2017

Photo above of Eiji Kitamura and Woody Herman by 北村英治 Official website(Eiji Kitamura Gallery)

下記は週刊朝日 2016年5月20日号から引用しました。

レナード・フェザーという評論家が、『クラリネットの出ずる国、日本』と書いてくれたんです。『クラリネットの沈滞を救った男』とね。嬉しくて、その記事は宝物のようにしています」

 

In 1991 – 2000,He and Bill Berry jointly planned International Jazz party.

His performance gained a high rating by Leonard Feather.

“The man saved the stagnation of the jazz clarinet.”

Photo above of Leonard Feather

Also Leonard Feather wrote “JAZZ REVIEW” in 1993.

“Kitamura has been hailed as the man who saved Japan from allowing the clarinet to sink into oblivion there. Winner of countless polls on home turf, he has graduated from a Benny Goodman influence to become his country’s counterpart of Buddy De Franco.”

Then the Concord Jazz label signed him up for a few recordings as its first Japanese artist.

Here is The Woody Herman Orchestra With Eiji Kitamura, Cal Tjader and others play “The Woodchopper’s Ball”.

Here is Eiji Kitamura plays “Someday Sweethart”.

Here is Eiji Kitamura plays “Liebesfreud by Fritz Kreisler”.(愛の喜び クライスラー)

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March 07.2017

Photo above of Eiji Kitamura from Official website

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.

Photo above courtesy by Pinterst

Here is Eiji Kitamura with Teddy Wilson, Cal Tjader play “Avalon”.

Here is Scott Hamilton with Eiji Kitamura play “Lover, Come Back To Me”.

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March 06.2017

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Photo above of Eiji Kitamura from Official website.

I’ve posted about a superb clarinetist in the recent two weeks.

I will post about Eiji Kitamura who is a clarinet player comparable to Richard Stoltzman and Paquito D’Rivera this week.

Eiji Kitamura (北村 英治) was born April 8, 1929 in Tokyo.

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Photo above by Wikipedia

Today (March 6th) he is playing on Nippon Maru(にっぽん丸).

彼は現在(3月6日)にっぽん丸に乗船して演奏しています。

「春の味覚クルーズ ~阿波・串本〜」

Next month, the memorial concert will be held for celebrating his 88th birthday in Osaka.

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Photo above from Official website

Here is Eiji Kitamura(北村英治) with Tadao Kitano(北野タダオ) & Arrow Jazz Orchestra play “Memories of you”.