Yoshio Suzuki

Search under East Bounce for East Bounce. Suzuki, Yoshio (Chin), bassist, pianist; b. Nagano, Japan, 21 March 1946. Yoshio Suzuki was born to a piano teacher mother and a violin factory owner father. His uncle, who is also a violin teacher and the author of the well-known Suzuki Method, is another prominent figure in the Suzuki family. Yoshio was surrounded by music and began to play piano and violin at an early age. He later took up guitar in high school. After graduating from Waseda University as a pianist, he joined Waseda University’s jazz band. He then entered Watanabe Sadao’s Yamaha Music School. Sadao Watanabe recommended Yoshio change to bass while he was studying jazz theory. He agreed, and in 1969 he was appointed bassist for Watanabe’s group. He was also a bass player in Masabumi’s band. This was a popular Japanese band at the time. He moved to New York in 1973 and played bass with the Jazz Messengers and Bill Hardman between 1974 and 1980.

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