Watanabe at Expo Zaragoza 2008
|Born||February 1, 1933|
Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan
|Genres||Jazz, jazz fusion, bossa nova, pop|
|Instruments||Alto saxophone, sopranino saxophone, flute|
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.
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.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. He has also had numerous albums reach number one on the jazz charts.
On July 22, 1966, he played with the John Coltrane quintet in Tokyo while the group was touring Japan.
In addition to his musical career, Sadao Watanabe has published six photography books in Japan.
Sadao Watanabe is in charge of visiting professor of Jazz course in Kunitachi College of Music since 2010.
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.
|1961||Sadao Watanabe||King||with Akira Nakano, Kazuo Yashiro, Masanaga Harada, Takeshi Inomata, Akihiro Hasegawa|
|1962||Cocktails for Two||Toshiba||with Kazuo Yashiro & His Trio, Toshiyuki Miyama & His New Herd|
|1965||Sadao Watanabe Plays||Polydor||with Akira Miyazawa, Akira Nakano, Norio Maeda, Kazuo Yashiro, Masahiko Togashi, Masanaga Harada|
|1966||Goin' Home - Modern Jazz Album||Denon||with Toshiyuki Miyama & His New Herd (excp. 3, 7) Kazuo Yashiro & His Trio (3, 7)|
|1966||Jazz & Bossa||Takt||with Masabumi Kikuchi, Eijiro Hagiwara, Masahiko Togashi, Sadanori Nakamure, Hideo Miyata|
|1967||Bossa Nova '67||Victor||with Masabumi Kikuchi, Isao Suzuki, Masahiko Togashi, Sadanori Nakamure, Hideo Miyata with strings|
|1967||My Romance - Sadao Plays Ballads||Takt||with Masabumi Kikuchi, Masanaga Harada, Masahiko Togashi with strings|
|1967||Encore!! Jazz & Bossa - Sadao Meets Sharps & Flats||Takt||with Nobuo Hara & Sharps and Flats|
|1967||Jazz Samba||Nivico||with Masabumi Kikuchi, Masanaga Harada, Masahiko Togashi|
|1967||Bossa Beat Collection||Union||Live with Masabumi Kikuchi, Masanaga Harada, Masahiko Togashi, Sadanori Nakamure, Hideo Miyata|
|1967||The Girl From Ipanema||RCA (released 1974)||Live with Masabumi Kikuchi, Masanaga Harada, Masahiko Togashi, Sadanori Nakamure, Hideo Miyata|
|1967||Charlie Mariano & Sadao Watanabe||Victor||with Charlie Mariano, Masabumi Kikuchi, Masanaga Harada, Masahiko Togashi|
|1967||Bossa Nova Concert||Takt||Live with Masabumi Kikuchi, Masanaga Harada, Masahiko Togashi, Sadanori Nakamure, Hideo Miyata and Strings Orchestra|
|1967||Music Break||Takt||Live with Masabumi Kikuchi, Masanaga Harada, Masahiko Togashi, Sadanori Nakamure, Hideo Miyata and Strings Orchestra|
|1967||Iberian Waltz||Takt||with Charlie Mariano, Masabumi Kikuchi, Masanaga Harada, Masahiko Togashi, Fumio Watanabe|
|1968||We Got a New Bag||Takt||with Charlie Mariano, Masabumi Kikuchi, Masanaga Harada, Fumio Watanabe, Yoshiaki Masuo, Tadashi Shigami, others|
|1968||Sadao Meets Brazilian Friends||Takt||with 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)|
|1968||Sadao Plays Beatles and Bacharach||Takt||with 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|
|1969||Swing Journal Jazz Workshop 2 - Dedicated To Charlie Parker||Takt||Live with Terumasa Hino, Masanaga Harada, Fumio Watanabe, Kazuo Yashiro|
|1969||Pastoral||CBS/Sony||with Kazuo Yashiro, Yoshiaki Masuo, Hiroshi Matsumoto, Yoshio Suzuki, Fumio Watanabe, Syota Tanaka, Chiyoshige Matsubara|
|1969||Songbook||CBS/Sony||with Yoshiaki Masuo, Yoshio Suzuki, Fumio Watanabe, Kazuo Yashiro, Masabumi Kikuchi|
|1969||Live at the Junk||CBS/Sony||Live with Yoshiaki Masuo, Yoshio Suzuki, Fumio Watanabe|
|1970||Sadao Watanabe at Montreux Jazz Festival||CBS/Sony||Quartet (Yoshiaki Masuo, Yoshio Suzuki, Hiro Tsunoda) Live|
|1970||Around The Time||WAM (released 1972)||Quartet (Yoshiaki Masuo, Yoshio Suzuki, Hiro Tsunoda)|
|1970||Round Trip||CBS/Sony||with Jack DeJohnette, Miroslav Vitouš, Chick Corea|
|1970||Collaboration||Philips (Japan)||Quartet (Yoshiaki Masuo, Yoshio Suzuki, Hiro Tsunoda) with Masabumi Kikuchi Sextet (Kosuke Mine, Masahiro Kikuchi, Yoshio Ikeda, Hiroshi Murakami, Keiji Kishida|
|1971||Paysages||CBS/Sony||with Masabumi Kikuchi, Gary Peacock, Masahiko Togashi, Hiroshi Murakami|
|1972||Sadao Watanabe||CBS/Sony||with Hiroshi Fukumura, Fumio Itabashi, Masayuki Takayanagi, Mitsuaki Furuno, Arihide Kurata|
|1973||Open Road||CBS/Sony||with Shunzo Ohno, Hiroshi Fukumura, Kosuke Mine, Takehiro Honda, Yoshio Suzuki, Fumio Watanabe, Yuji Imamura, and strings|
|1973||Kenya Ya Africa Meets Inter-African Theatre Group||CBS/Sony||Live with Takehiro Honda, Yoshio Suzuki, Fumio Watanabe, and Inter-African Theatre Group|
|1974||Mbali Africa||CBS/Sony||Live with Terumasa Hino, Hideo Miyata, Takehiro Honda, Kazumi Watanabe, Isao Suzuki, Fumio Watanabe, Akira Okazawa, Motohiko Hino, Masahiko Togashi|
|1974||At Pit Inn||CBS/Sony||Live with Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, Billy Higgins|
|1975||Swiss Air||CBS/Sony||Live with Takehiro Honda, Osamu Kawakami , Shinji Mori|
|1975||Pamoja||East Wind||Live with Hiroshi Fukumura, Yoshiaki Masuo, Takehiro Honda, Isao Suzuki, Hiroshi Murakami, Masahiko Togashi|
|1976||I'm Old Fashioned||East Wind||with the Great Jazz Trio: Hank Jones, Ron Carter, Tony Williams|
|1976||Recital||East Wind||Live with Kosuke Mine,Hiroshi Fukumura, Takehiro Honda, Kazumi Watanabe, Tsutomu Okada, Shinji Mori, Masahiko Togashi, Akira Okazawa|
|1977||Bird of Paradise (album)||Flying Disk||with the Great Jazz Trio: Hank Jones, Ron Carter and Tony Williams|
|1977||My Dear Life||Flying Disk||with Harvey Mason, Chuck Rainey, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Steve Forman, Hiroshi Fukumura|
|1977||Live In Nemuro 1977||Victor (released 2016)||Live with Hiroshi Fukumura, Takehiro Honda, Tsutomu Okada, Shinji Mori|
|1977||Autumn Blow||Flying Disk||Live 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|
|1978||California Shower||Flying Disk||with Harvey Mason, Chuck Rainey, Lee Ritenour, Ernie Watts|
|1979||Morning Island||Flying Disk||with Michael Brecker, Steve Gadd|
|1980||How's Everything||Columbia||Live with Dave Grusin, Steve Gadd, Richard Tee, Eric Gale, Anthony Jackson, Jon Faddis|
|1981||Orange Express||CBS/Sony||with Dave Grusin, George Benson, Bobby Broom, Marcus Miller, Buddy Williams|
|1983||Fill Up the Night||Elektra||with Ralph MacDonald, Richard Tee, Marcus Miller, Steve Gadd, Eric Gale, Paul Griffin, Jorge Dalto, Grady Tate|
|1984||Rendezvous||Elektra||with Steve Gadd, Eric Gale, Marcus Miller, Richard Tee|
|1985||Maisha||Elektra||with Don Grusin, Herbie Hancock, Nathan East, Harvey Mason|
|1985||Parker's Mood - Sadao Watanabe Live at Bravas Club '85||Elektra||Live with Seigen Ono (remix), James Williams, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Charnett Moffett|
|1985||Tokyo Dating||Elektra||with James Williams(p), Charnett Moffett(b), Jeff "Tain" Watts(ds)|
|1986||Good Time for Love||Elektra||with Soichi Noriki , Hideo Yamaki, Will Lee and others|
|1987||Birds of Passage||Elektra||with Russell Ferrante, George Duke, Abraham Laboriel, Carlos Vega, Paul Jackson Jr., John Robinson, Alex Acuña, Diana Acuna, and others|
|1988||Elis||Elektra||with Cesar Camargo Mariano(key), Heitor Teixeira Perira(g), Papeti(per), Toquinho(g,vo), and others|
|1988||Made in Coracao Toquinho||Elektra||with Toquinho(g,vo), Ivani Sabino(el-b), Papeti(per), and others|
|1989||Front Seat||Elektra||with Patti Austin with Russell Ferrante, Jeff Porcaro, George Duke, Jimmy Haslip|
|1991||Sweet Deal||Elektra||with Don Grusin, Peter Erskine, Russell Ferrante, Abraham Laboriel|
|1992||A Night with Strings||Elektra||Live with Souichi Noriki, Marc Johnson, Peter Erskine, and The Tokyo Symphony Strings|
|1993||Earth Step||Verve Forecast||with Rob Mounsey(key), Jeff Mironov(g), Will Lee(b), Steve Gadd|
|1993||A Night with Strings Vol. 2||Fun House||with Souichi Noriki, Ricardo Silveira(g), Brian Bromberg(b), Alex Acuña(ds), Paulinho Da Costa(per), Vince Mendoza(conduct,arr), and Tokyo Symphony Strings|
|1994||in Tempo||Verve Forecast||with , Cesar Camargo Mariano(key), Marcelo Mariano(el-b), Pantico Rocha(ds), Paulinho Da Costa(per), Leila Pinheiro(vo), Wilson De Castro(vo), and others|
|1994||A Night with Strings Vol. 3 – Sadao Plays Parker||Fun House||with Russell Ferrante, Marc Johnson, Peter Erskine, and Tokyo Symphony Strings|
|1997||Go 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)|
|1997||Kuroi Hitomi Song Book||Verve||with 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|
|1998||Viajando||Verve||with Cesar Camargo Mariano(key), Romero Lubambo(g), Nilson Matta(b), Paulo Braga(ds), Cafe(per), PamelaDriggs(vo)|
|1999||Remembrance||Verve||with Cyrus Chestnut, Christian McBride, Billy Drummond, Nicholas Payton, Robin Eubanks, Romero Lubambo|
|2000||Sadao 2000||Verve||with Richard Bona(b,g,per,vo), George Whitty(p,key), Jonathan Joseph(ds), Mike Stern(g), Cafe(per)|
|2000||Minha Saudade||Universal Music Classics||Live with Cesar Camargo Mariano(p), Romero Lubambo(ac-g), David Finck(b), Paulo Braga(ds), Mauro Refosco(per), and Tokyo Symphony Chamber Orchestra|
|2003||Wheel of Life||Verve||with Richard Bona, (el-b, el-g, per, vo), George Whitty(pf,key), Nathaniel Townsley(ds), Mike Stern(el-g), Romero Lubambo(ac-g)|
|2005||One for You||Victor||Live with Richard Bona(elb,vo), Etienne Stadwijk(pf,key), Nathaniel Townsley(ds), N'Diassé Niang(per)|
|2005||Sadao & Charlie Again||Victor (released 2006)||Live with Charlie Mariano(as), Bob Degen(p), Dieter Ilg(b), Bill Elgart(dr)|
|2007||Basie's at Night||Koch (released 2008)||Live with Akira Onozuka, Kouichi Osamu, Masaharu Ishikawa, N'Diassé Niang|
|2009||Into Tomorrow||Victor||with Gerald Clayton(p), Ben Williams(b), Johnathan Blake(ds)|
|2011||Come Today||Victor (released 2013)||with Gerald Clayton(p), Ben Williams(b), Johnathan Blake(ds)|
|2013||Outra Vez||Victor||with Fabio Torres(p), Swami Jr.(g), Paulo Paulelli(b), Celso de Almeida(ds), Cleber Almeida(per), Fabiana Cozza(vo)|
|2014||I'm with You||Victor (released 2015)||with Russell Ferrante, Peter Erskine|
|2015||Naturally||Victor||with Lula Galvão(g), Itamar Assiere(p), Alberto Continentino(b), Paulo Braga(ds), Sidinho Moreira(per), Jaques Morelenbaum(cello)|
|2017||Encore!||Victor||with Dave Grusin, Russell Ferrante, Robben Ford|
|2017||Re-Bop||Victor||with Cyrus Chestnut, Chris Thomas, Brian Blade|
|2018||Re-Bop the Night||Victor||with Russell Ferrante, Ben Williams, Kendrick Scott|
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