When talking about Toshiko Akiyoshi, we must not forget two Japanese jazz musicians.
Shotaro Moriyasu was death at a young age,and I posted in the past about him.
please refer to my past blog.Go here
Sadao Watanabe has been active in jazz player even now.
In 1953,he was participating in Toshiko Akiyoshi’s cozy quartet.
After that ,please refer to his website.Go here
In addition,about an initial of Toshiko Akiyoshi, please refer to the JazzWax.
I found her recent activities.Go here
Yesterday, I was taught Website to become a reference from ‘JazzWax.’
Shotaro Moriyasu had been posted on this site.
This week I would like to post about Shotaro Moriyasu.
Bibliography：’He Played Like a Breeze Through Our Lives’:The Life of the Genius Jazz Pianist Moriyasu Shotaro
The Author:Sakae Ueda(植田紗加栄)
Once upon a time, there was a jazz club called ’Mocambo’ in Yokohama Isezakicho.
July 27, 1954, Jam session of legend was held in Mocambo.
A lot of visitor have gathered and famous jazz performers were also set.
Toshiko Akiyoshi, Sadao Watanabe, Akira Miyazawa,and others.
They had been played an exciting sesssion all night long.
Hampton Hawes had also came to this session.
He was stationed in Japan in the military service at that time.
This session had become the album called “Mocambo session of legend”.
Speaking of 1954 even in USA, modern jazz had not been completed.
Swing music was mainstream in Japan.
However, ‘state-of-the-art modern jazz ‘ had been played in Mocambo.
Because there was a terrific pianist on the spot.
He was anyway pull the whole performance.
Precisely because he played in Mocambo,
“Session at the Mocambo” had become a legend.
After one year and two months “Mocambo Session”, he took his own life.
Terrific pianist had cut off his genius talent forever.