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Sadao Watanabe (born Utsunomiya, Japan, February 1, 1933) is a Japanese jazz musician and saxophonist. He plays the alto saxophone, soprano saxophone and flute, and his work encompasses a large range of styles, with collaborations with musicians from all over the world, and also with friends such as Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, and Hank Jones. His more prestigious awards include the Order of the Rising Sun, imperial purple ribbon medal of honour, numerous cultural achievements, the Fumio Nanri award, and his cities first honour award. Sadao first began learning jazz at the age of 18, and established a name for himself. When he turned 29, he left Japan to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1995, the college awarded him a honorary decorate degree for his contributions to music. In addition to his musical career, Watanabe has also published six photography books in Japan.

Discography

As leader

Watanabe's discography includes dozens of albums, many of which popularized jazz styles like bossa nova and fusion in Japan.

(Year Recorded/Album name/Artist)

  • 1961 SADAO WATANABE
  • 1965 SADAO WATANABE PLAYS
  • 1966 GOIN' HOME / SADAO WATANABE MODERN JAZZ ALBUM
  • 1966 TAKT JAZZ JAZZ&BOSSA
  • 1967 IBERIAN WALTZ / SADAO & CHARLIE
  • 1967 NABESADA & CHARLIE / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1967 BOSSA BEAT COLLECTION / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1967 JAZZ SAMBA / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1967 MY ROMANCE / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1967 BOSSA NOVA '67 / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1967 BOSSA NOVA CONCERT / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1967 MUSIC BREAK / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1967 ENCORE!! JAZZ & BOSSA / SADAO MEETS SHARPS & FLATS
  • 1968 WE GOT A NEW BAG / SADAO AND CHARLIE AGAIN
  • 1968 SADAO MEETS BRAZILIAN FRIENDS / SADAO & BRAZILIAN8
  • 1968 SADAO PLAYS BEATLES AND BACHARACH / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1969 SWING JOURNAL JAZZ WORKSHOP
  • 1969 PASTORAL / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1969 SONG BOOK / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1969 SADAO WATANABE LIVE AT THE JUNK
  • 1970 SADAO WATANABE AT MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL
  • 1970 ROUND TRIP / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1970 COLLABORATION / SADAO WATANABE QUARTET with MASABUMI KIKUCHI SEXTET
  • 1971 PAYSAGES / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1972 SADAO WATANABE
  • 1973 OPEN ROAD / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1973 KENYA YA AFRICA / SADAO WATANABE MEETS INTER-AFRICAN THEATRE GROUP
  • 1974 MBALI AFRICA / SADAO WATANABE LIVE
  • 1974 SADAO WATANABE AT “PIT INN”
  • 1975 SWISS AIR / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1975 PAMOJA / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1976 I'M OLD FASHIONED / SADAO WATANABE with THE GREAT JAZZ TRIO
  • 1976 SADAO WATANABE RECITAL
  • 1977 MY DEAR LIFE / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1977 BIRD OF PARADISE / SADAO WATANABE with THE GREAT JAZZ TRIO
  • 1977 AUTUMN BLOW / SADAO WATANABE featuring LEE RITENOUR & HIS GENTLE THOUGHTS
  • 1978 CALIFORNIA SHOWER / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1979 MORNING ISLAND / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1980 HOW'S EVERYTHING / SADAO WATANABE LIVE AT BUDOKAN
  • 1981 ORANGE EXPRESS / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1983 FILL UP THE NIGHT / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1984 RENDEZVOUS / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1985 MAISHA / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1985 PARKER'S MOOD / SADAO WATANABE LIVE AT BRAVAS CLUB '85
  • 1985 TOKYO DATING / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1986 GOOD TIME FOR LOVE / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1987 BIRDS OF PASSAGE / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1988 ELIS / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1988 MADE IN CORACAO TOQUINHO / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1989 FRONT SEAT / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1991 SWEET DEAL / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1992 A NIGHT WITH STRINGS / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1993 EARTH STEP / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1994 IN TEMPO / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1993 A NIGHT WITH STRINGS Vol.2 / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1994 A NIGHT WITH STRINGS Vol.3 / SADAO PLAYS PARKER
  • 1997 GO STRAIGHT AHEAD 'N MAKE A LEFT
  • 1997 KUROI HITOMI / SADAO WATANABE SONG BOOK
  • 1998 VIAJANDO / SADAO WATANABE
  • 1999 REMEMBRANCE / SADAO WATANABE
  • 2000 SADAO 2000 / SADAO WATANABE
  • 2000 MINHA SAUDADE / SADAO WATANABE
  • 2001 SADAO WATANABE MY DEAR LIFE 50th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION / SADAO WATANABE
  • 2003 WHEEL OF LIFE / SADAO WATANABE
  • 200? SKETCHES OF NATURE / SADAO WATANABE
  • 2005 ONE FOR YOU / SADAO WATANABE
  • 2005 Broadcast Tracks '69-'72 / SADAO WATANABE
  • 2005 Sadao & Charlie Again / SADAO WATANABE
  • 2007 BASIE'S AT NIGHT / SADAO WATANABE




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