When I came back to Japan from New York and returned to my parents’ home in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, my performance was not understood at all in Japan and there was only denial. The only musician who understood me at that time was [Sunao Wada].
At his request, I performed many times as a guitar and piano duo at jazz bars.
There is an episode like this.
He said to me, “I’m going to be a little late today, but I don’t want you to post anything about the concert on the Internet. I said, “Of course!
The reason was…
He had a job to play at a nearby hotel, but he chose to play with me and canceled the day of the show (the reason was illness), then secretly came to the jazz bar.
He said, “I don’t need the money, as long as I can play with you. He said, “I don’t need money, as long as I can play with you,” and I was moved many times.
He also had a strong inquisitive mind and said, “New York jazz and Japanese jazz are so different. He and I were about the same age as his grandson and grandfather, but he learned chords, rhythms, and jazz from me and bowed to me to learn. [This is true.
Now Japan has lost another person who can play real jazz, and I will continue to pass on the art of classical and traditional jazz.
May God bless you. Amen.
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