One of the most well-known Japanese jazz musicians of his generation, Sadao Watanabe is an adept, bop-influenced saxophonist with a deep love of Brazilia.
Born in Tochigi Prefecture in 1933. He moved to Tokyo after graduating high-school. In 1962, he moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music after participating in many band sessions as an alto saxophone player. Representing as a top Japanese musician, also known as a talented photographer, publishes six picture books. As an Executive Producer of the Japanese Government Exhibition Project for 2005 in Japan, advocates the message “World Peace” through music.
Performing in “International Jazz Day 2016” at the White House, hosted by U.S. President Obama. The life-long active player who performs energetically not only in Japan but also overseas gives courage and impression to people of all generations.
Featured this week is Sadao Watanabe’s tune “Bagamoyo-Zanzibar” which appears on his “Orange Express” Album (Released in 1981)
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