Sadao Watanabe (musician)

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Sadao Watanabe
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Watanabe at Expo Zaragoza 2008
Background information
Born (1933-02-01) February 1, 1933 (age 88)
Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, bossa nova, pop
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsAlto saxophone, sopranino saxophone, flute
Years active1953–present

Sadao Watanabe (渡辺 貞夫, Watanabe Sadao, born February 1, 1933) is a Japanese jazz musician who plays alto saxophone, sopranino saxophone, and flute. He is known for his bossa nova recordings, although his work encompasses many styles, with collaborations from musicians all over the world. [1]

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Career

Born in Utsunomiya, Japan, Sadao first began learning music at the age of 18 and started performing professionally in 1953. By 1958 he had performed with leading musicians and quartets. [2] [3] In 1962 he left Japan to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has had more than 10 albums reach the top 50 Billboard charts and two within the top 10. [4] He has also had numerous albums reach number one on the jazz charts. [2]

On July 22, 1966, he played with the John Coltrane quintet in Tokyo while the group was touring Japan. [5]

In addition to his musical career, Sadao Watanabe has published six photography books in Japan. [6]

Sadao Watanabe is in charge of visiting professor of Jazz course in Kunitachi College of Music since 2010. [7]

Honors

Among his awards are the Order of the Rising Sun, the imperial medal of honor for contribution to the arts, and the Fumio Nanri award.

Discography

As leader/co-leader

Recorded YearTitleLabelNotes
1961Sadao Watanabe King with Akira Nakano, Kazuo Yashiro, Masanaga Harada, Takeshi Inomata, Akihiro Hasegawa
1962Cocktails for Two Toshiba with Kazuo Yashiro & His Trio, Toshiyuki Miyama & His New Herd
1965Sadao Watanabe Plays Polydor with Akira Miyazawa, Akira Nakano, Norio Maeda, Kazuo Yashiro, Masahiko Togashi, Masanaga Harada
1966Goin' Home - Modern Jazz Album Denon with Toshiyuki Miyama & His New Herd (excp. 3, 7) Kazuo Yashiro & His Trio (3, 7) [10]
1966Jazz & BossaTaktwith Masabumi Kikuchi, Eijiro Hagiwara, Masahiko Togashi, Sadanori Nakamure, Hideo Miyata
1967Bossa Nova '67 Victor with Masabumi Kikuchi, Isao Suzuki, Masahiko Togashi, Sadanori Nakamure, Hideo Miyata with strings
1967My Romance - Sadao Plays BalladsTaktwith Masabumi Kikuchi, Masanaga Harada, Masahiko Togashi with strings
1967Encore!! Jazz & Bossa - Sadao Meets Sharps & FlatsTaktwith Nobuo Hara & Sharps and Flats
1967Jazz SambaNivicowith Masabumi Kikuchi, Masanaga Harada, Masahiko Togashi
1967Bossa Beat CollectionUnionLive with Masabumi Kikuchi, Masanaga Harada, Masahiko Togashi, Sadanori Nakamure, Hideo Miyata
1967The Girl From Ipanema RCA (released 1974)Live with Masabumi Kikuchi, Masanaga Harada, Masahiko Togashi, Sadanori Nakamure, Hideo Miyata
1967Charlie Mariano & Sadao WatanabeVictorwith Charlie Mariano, Masabumi Kikuchi, Masanaga Harada, Masahiko Togashi
1967Bossa Nova ConcertTaktLive with Masabumi Kikuchi, Masanaga Harada, Masahiko Togashi, Sadanori Nakamure, Hideo Miyata and Strings Orchestra
1967Music BreakTaktLive with Masabumi Kikuchi, Masanaga Harada, Masahiko Togashi, Sadanori Nakamure, Hideo Miyata and Strings Orchestra
1967Iberian WaltzTaktwith Charlie Mariano, Masabumi Kikuchi, Masanaga Harada, Masahiko Togashi, Fumio Watanabe
1968We Got a New BagTaktwith Charlie Mariano, Masabumi Kikuchi, Masanaga Harada, Fumio Watanabe, Yoshiaki Masuo, Tadashi Shigami, others
1968Sadao Meets Brazilian FriendsTaktwith Brazilian 8: Jose Ferreira(as), Godinho Filho(as), Carlos Alberto Alcantara(ts), Waldir De Barros(tp), Aparecido Bianchi(org, p), Joao Carlos Pegorro(vib, p), Olmir Seocaer(g), Douglas De oliveira(ds), Mathias Da Silva Matos(b)
1968Sadao Plays Beatles and BacharachTaktwith Tetsuo Fushimi, Terumasa Hino, Yoshiaki Masuo, Fumio Watanabe, Yoshio Ikeda, Hiroshi Suzuki, Nao Imai, Yasushi Ichiura, Yoshio Suzuki, Yuji Imamura, Tomoaki Hashizume, Isao Etoh, Kazuo Yashiro
1969Swing Journal Jazz Workshop 2 - Dedicated To Charlie ParkerTaktLive with Terumasa Hino, Masanaga Harada, Fumio Watanabe, Kazuo Yashiro
1969Pastoral CBS/Sony with Kazuo Yashiro, Yoshiaki Masuo, Hiroshi Matsumoto, Yoshio Suzuki, Fumio Watanabe, Syota Tanaka, Chiyoshige Matsubara
1969SongbookCBS/Sonywith Yoshiaki Masuo, Yoshio Suzuki, Fumio Watanabe, Kazuo Yashiro, Masabumi Kikuchi
1969Live at the JunkCBS/SonyLive with Yoshiaki Masuo, Yoshio Suzuki, Fumio Watanabe
1970Sadao Watanabe at Montreux Jazz FestivalCBS/SonyQuartet (Yoshiaki Masuo, Yoshio Suzuki, Hiro Tsunoda) Live
1970Around The TimeWAM (released 1972)Quartet (Yoshiaki Masuo, Yoshio Suzuki, Hiro Tsunoda)
1970 Round Trip CBS/Sonywith Jack DeJohnette, Miroslav Vitouš, Chick Corea
1970Collaboration Philips (Japan)Quartet (Yoshiaki Masuo, Yoshio Suzuki, Hiro Tsunoda) with Masabumi Kikuchi Sextet (Kosuke Mine, Masahiro Kikuchi, Yoshio Ikeda, Hiroshi Murakami, Keiji Kishida
1971PaysagesCBS/Sonywith Masabumi Kikuchi, Gary Peacock, Masahiko Togashi, Hiroshi Murakami
1972Sadao WatanabeCBS/Sonywith Hiroshi Fukumura, Fumio Itabashi, Masayuki Takayanagi, Mitsuaki Furuno, Arihide Kurata
1973Open RoadCBS/Sonywith Shunzo Ohno, Hiroshi Fukumura, Kosuke Mine, Takehiro Honda, Yoshio Suzuki, Fumio Watanabe, Yuji Imamura, and strings
1973Kenya Ya Africa Meets Inter-African Theatre GroupCBS/SonyLive with Takehiro Honda, Yoshio Suzuki, Fumio Watanabe, and Inter-African Theatre Group
1974Mbali AfricaCBS/SonyLive with Terumasa Hino, Hideo Miyata, Takehiro Honda, Kazumi Watanabe, Isao Suzuki, Fumio Watanabe, Akira Okazawa, Motohiko Hino, Masahiko Togashi
1974At Pit InnCBS/SonyLive with Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, Billy Higgins
1975Swiss AirCBS/SonyLive with Takehiro Honda, Osamu Kawakami  [ ja ], Shinji Mori
1975Pamoja East Wind Live with Hiroshi Fukumura, Yoshiaki Masuo, Takehiro Honda, Isao Suzuki, Hiroshi Murakami, Masahiko Togashi
1976 I'm Old Fashioned East Windwith the Great Jazz Trio: Hank Jones, Ron Carter, Tony Williams
1976RecitalEast WindLive with Kosuke Mine,Hiroshi Fukumura, Takehiro Honda, Kazumi Watanabe, Tsutomu Okada, Shinji Mori, Masahiko Togashi, Akira Okazawa
1977 Bird of Paradise (album)  [ ja ] Flying Disk with the Great Jazz Trio: Hank Jones, Ron Carter and Tony Williams
1977My Dear LifeFlying Diskwith Harvey Mason, Chuck Rainey, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Steve Forman, Hiroshi Fukumura
1977Live In Nemuro 1977Victor (released 2016)Live with Hiroshi Fukumura, Takehiro Honda, Tsutomu Okada, Shinji Mori
1977Autumn BlowFlying DiskLive with Lee Ritenour, Harvey Mason, Anthony Jackson, Patrice Rushen, Ernie Watts
1978 Carnaval Galaxy (released 1983)with the Great Jazz Trio: Hank Jones, Ron Carter and Tony Williams
1978California ShowerFlying Diskwith Harvey Mason, Chuck Rainey, Lee Ritenour, Ernie Watts
1979Morning IslandFlying Diskwith Michael Brecker, Steve Gadd
1980How's Everything Columbia Live with Dave Grusin, Steve Gadd, Richard Tee, Eric Gale, Anthony Jackson, Jon Faddis
1981Orange ExpressCBS/Sony with Dave Grusin, George Benson, Bobby Broom, Marcus Miller, Buddy Williams
1983Fill Up the Night Elektra with Ralph MacDonald, Richard Tee, Marcus Miller, Steve Gadd, Eric Gale, Paul Griffin, Jorge Dalto, Grady Tate
1984RendezvousElektrawith Steve Gadd, Eric Gale, Marcus Miller, Richard Tee
1985MaishaElektrawith Don Grusin, Herbie Hancock, Nathan East, Harvey Mason
1985Parker's Mood - Sadao Watanabe Live at Bravas Club '85ElektraLive with Seigen Ono  [ ja ](remix), James Williams, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Charnett Moffett
1985Tokyo DatingElektrawith James Williams(p), Charnett Moffett(b), Jeff "Tain" Watts(ds)
1986Good Time for LoveElektrawith Soichi Noriki  [ ja ], Hideo Yamaki, Will Lee and others
1987Birds of PassageElektrawith Russell Ferrante, George Duke, Abraham Laboriel, Carlos Vega, Paul Jackson Jr., John Robinson, Alex Acuña, Diana Acuna, and others
1988ElisElektrawith Cesar Camargo Mariano(key), Heitor Teixeira Perira(g), Papeti(per), Toquinho(g,vo), and others
1988Made in Coracao ToquinhoElektrawith Toquinho(g,vo), Ivani Sabino(el-b), Papeti(per), and others
1989Front SeatElektrawith Patti Austin with Russell Ferrante, Jeff Porcaro, George Duke, Jimmy Haslip
1991Sweet DealElektrawith Don Grusin, Peter Erskine, Russell Ferrante, Abraham Laboriel
1992A Night with StringsElektraLive with Souichi Noriki, Marc Johnson, Peter Erskine, and The Tokyo Symphony Strings
1993Earth StepVerve Forecastwith Rob Mounsey(key), Jeff Mironov(g), Will Lee(b), Steve Gadd
1993A Night with Strings Vol. 2Fun Housewith Souichi Noriki, Ricardo Silveira(g), Brian Bromberg(b), Alex Acuña(ds), Paulinho Da Costa(per), Vince Mendoza(conduct,arr), and Tokyo Symphony Strings
1994in TempoVerve Forecastwith , Cesar Camargo Mariano(key), Marcelo Mariano(el-b), Pantico Rocha(ds), Paulinho Da Costa(per), Leila Pinheiro(vo), Wilson De Castro(vo), and others
1994A Night with Strings Vol. 3 – Sadao Plays ParkerFun Housewith Russell Ferrante, Marc Johnson, Peter Erskine, and Tokyo Symphony Strings
1997Go Straight Ahead 'n Make a Left Verve with Bernard Wright, Stephen Teele(b), Mike Flythe(ds), Hassan Flythe(ds), Steve Thornton(per), Charley Drayton(ds)
1997Kuroi Hitomi Song BookVervewith Akira Onozuka(p,key), Jun Kajiwara(g), Tomohito Aoki(b), Kouichi Osamu(b), Masaharu Ishikawa(ds), Olodum Juvenil(per), Junior High School Students in Tochigi(cho), Cesar Camargo Mariano(key), Leila Pinheiro(vo), Vaneese Thomas(vo), and others
1998ViajandoVervewith Cesar Camargo Mariano(key), Romero Lubambo(g), Nilson Matta(b), Paulo Braga(ds), Cafe(per), PamelaDriggs(vo)
1999RemembranceVervewith Cyrus Chestnut, Christian McBride, Billy Drummond, Nicholas Payton, Robin Eubanks, Romero Lubambo
2000Sadao 2000Vervewith Richard Bona(b,g,per,vo), George Whitty(p,key), Jonathan Joseph(ds), Mike Stern(g), Cafe(per)
2000Minha SaudadeUniversal Music ClassicsLive with Cesar Camargo Mariano(p), Romero Lubambo(ac-g), David Finck(b), Paulo Braga(ds), Mauro Refosco(per), and Tokyo Symphony Chamber Orchestra
2003Wheel of LifeVervewith Richard Bona, (el-b, el-g, per, vo), George Whitty(pf,key), Nathaniel Townsley(ds), Mike Stern(el-g), Romero Lubambo(ac-g)
2005One for YouVictorLive with Richard Bona(elb,vo), Etienne Stadwijk(pf,key), Nathaniel Townsley(ds), N'Diassé Niang(per)
2005Sadao & Charlie AgainVictor (released 2006)Live with Charlie Mariano(as), Bob Degen(p), Dieter Ilg(b), Bill Elgart(dr)
2007Basie's at NightKoch (released 2008)Live with Akira Onozuka, Kouichi Osamu, Masaharu Ishikawa, N'Diassé Niang
2009Into TomorrowVictorwith Gerald Clayton(p), Ben Williams(b), Johnathan Blake(ds)
2011Come TodayVictor (released 2013)with Gerald Clayton(p), Ben Williams(b), Johnathan Blake(ds)
2013Outra VezVictorwith Fabio Torres(p), Swami Jr.(g), Paulo Paulelli(b), Celso de Almeida(ds), Cleber Almeida(per), Fabiana Cozza(vo)
2014I'm with YouVictor (released 2015)with Russell Ferrante, Peter Erskine
2015NaturallyVictorwith Lula Galvão(g), Itamar Assiere(p), Alberto Continentino(b), Paulo Braga(ds), Sidinho Moreira(per), Jaques Morelenbaum(cello)
2017Encore!Victorwith Dave Grusin, Russell Ferrante, Robben Ford
2017Re-BopVictorwith Cyrus Chestnut, Chris Thomas, Brian Blade
2018Re-Bop the NightVictorwith Russell Ferrante, Ben Williams, Kendrick Scott

As sideman

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