Friday, October 23, 2009
Above are the Japanese characters for Sadao Watanabe. He plays the saxophone and is one of the musicians responsible for keeping jazz popular in his country. The western influence of jazz came into Japan in the 1930's and its presence is still felt. Stay tuned for tomorrows look at nu-jazz. Saxy jazz isn't my favorite, but anyway, the song is Pastoral from the 1992 album Round Trip. So here he is, wailing away on the alto.