Tsuyoshi Yamamoto

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Tsuyoshi Yamamoto
Birth nameTsuyoshi Yamamoto (山本剛, Yamamoto Tsuyoshi)
Born (1948-03-23) 23 March 1948 (age 72)
Sado Island, Niigata, Japan
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Website tsuyoshi-yamamoto.com

Tsuyoshi Yamamoto (山本剛, Yamamoto Tsuyoshi, born 23 March 1948) is a Japanese jazz pianist and composer.


Life and career

Yamamoto was largely self-taught as a pianist, although he did have piano lessons as a child. [1] He attended Nihon University. [1] As a student there, he played professionally, first as an accompanist to pop singer Micky Curtis; they toured Europe in 1967. [1] In 1974, he became house pianist at Misty, a Tokyo jazz club. [1] He also made his recording debut as leader that year. [1] He played major international festivals in the late 1970s. [1] He also "lived in New York for a year, when he performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Carmen McRae, Sam Jones, Billy Higgins, Elvin Jones, and Sonny Stitt, among others." [1]

Playing style

Commenting on Yamamoto's 2008 album What a Wonderful Trio!, Audiophile Audition noted that "Yamamoto seems to favor the very highest reaches of the treble keyboard with great gusto". [2]


An asterisk (*) after the year indicates that it is the year of release.

As leader/co-leader

Year recordedTitleLabelNotes
1974Midnight SugarThree Blind MiceTrio, with Isao Fukui (bass), Tetsujiro Obara (drums)
1974*MistyThree Blind MiceTrio, with Isao Fukui (bass), Tetsujiro Obara (drums)
1974Blues For TeeThree Blind Mice
1974*Now's The TimeThree Blind MiceTBM-29 Isao Suzuki & Sunao Wada With The Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio, George Otsuka Quintet
1974*Live at the MistyThree Blind MiceTrio
1974The In CrowdThree Blind MiceTBM-52
1975*Night And DayThree Blind MiceKoji Moriyama With The Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio
1975*SunnyFrascoMinami With Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio
1976LifeEast WindTrio, with Sam Jones (bass), Billy Higgins (drums)
1978*Blues to EastPhilipsTrio, with Tsutomo Okada (bass), Hiroshi Murakami (drums)
1978Midnight SunThree Blind MiceTrio, with Tsutomo Okada (bass), Keiji Kishida (drums)
1979Bass ClubKing RecordsTrio, with Red Mitchell (bass), Isao Suzuki (piccolo bass)
1980*P.S. I Love YouToshiba EMIWith Seiichi Nakamura (tenor sax), Jim McNeely (synthesizer), Shinobu Ito (guitar), Teruo Nakamura (bass), Art Gore (drums), Chuggy Carter and Nobu Urushiyama (percussion)
1981*ZephyrConcordWith Bob Maize, Jeff Hamilton, Jeff Clayton
1985*Another HolidayWarner Bros.
1999Speak Low Venus Trio, with Tsutomu Okada (bass), Yoshitaka Uematsu (drums)
2001*Autumn in SeattleFirst Impression MusicTrio, with Ken Kaneko (bass), Toshio Osumi (drums)
2008What a Wonderful Trio!First Impression MusicTrio, with Hiroshi Kagawa (bass), Toshio Osumi (drums)
2013Gentle BluesVenusTrio, with Hiroshi Kagawa (bass), Toshio Osumi (drums)
2013What a Wonderful WorldVenusTrio, with Hiroshi Kagawa (bass), Toshio Osumi (drums)

As sideman

Year recordedLeaderTitleLabel
1977*Yoshio OtomoMoon RayThree Blind Mice

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  2. Henry, John (14 March 2009) "Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio – What a Wonderful Trio! – First Impression Music DXD" Archived 2015-01-31 at the Wayback Machine . Audiophile Audition.