TETSUO SAKURAI PROFILE
(BASSIST, COMPOSER, PRODUCER, INSTRUCTOR)
Tetsuo was born in Tokyo. He started to play bass when he was 13 years old. He had been a member of the Japanese band named ”Casiopea” during 1976-1989, ”Jimsaku” with Akira Jimbo during 1990-1998. Now, he is composing and playing his own music as a solo artist with domestic and foreign musicians. He has released 46 CDs with the band and solo titles. Also he made 4 instructional DVDs(VTR) and 7 live DVDs.
He had recorded 19th albums with Casiopea and 11th albums with Jimsaku. After that he has been producing many kind of projects.
The 4th solo album “GENTLE HEARTS” recorded with Greg Howe & Dennis Chambers, released in 2001. The 5th solo album “Cartas do Brasil” released in 2003. It was the self cover vocal album recorded in Rio de Janeiro with Djavan, Ivan Lins, Rosa Passos, Filo Machado, Valeria Oliveira, Tatiana & Nora. Tetsuo made the concert tour with Greg & Dennis in 2004. And he released the”GENTLE HEARTS TOOR 2004″ live CD & DVD in 2005. BRASIL CONNECTION ~feat. Filo Machado~ LIVE CD & DVD were released in 2006 & 2007. ” FAR EAST ” (w/ Rynten Okazaki(acoustic gt.)) 1st CD”IMO” released in 2007. “TETSUJINO” (w/ Kenji Hino(bass)) 1st CD “Double Trouble” released in 2008. The 8th solo CD “My Dear Musiclife” released in 2009. The 4th Instructual DVD “Sakurai Style Slap Bass” released in 2009. “PEGASUS” (w/ Issei Noro(acoustic gt))1st CD & DVD released in 2010. The 9th solo CD “Vital World” recorded Dennis & Greg released in 2010. The 10th solo CD “Talking Bass” (special guest Marcus Miller) released in 2012. Tetsuo Sakurai -Jaco Tribute Band- CD ” It’s A Jaco Time ! ” released in 2013.
Tetsuo had been performed in London(Dominion Theatre, Hammer Smith Odeon), Luton(Pink Elephant), Montreux(Jazz Festival), Copenhagen(Saga, Faelledparken), Arhus(Motown Theatre), Stockholm(Skeppsholmen Festival), Poli(Jazz Festival), Den Haag(North See Jazz Festival), Germany(SWF TV, Warwick Open day), Jakarta(Jak Jazz festival, Java Jazz Festival, Kanpoeng Jazz Festival, Sahid Jaya Hotel, Tim Arts Center, Jams Place, An Ambassador Residence), Surabaya(Bumi Hyatt Hotel), Semarang(University Of Ikip), Solo(University Of Sebelas Maret), Jogjakarta(University Of Gajah Mada), Singapole(World Trade Center Auditorium), Hong Kong(Jazz Festival, A.C.Hall), BangKok(Ambassador Hotel Disco Flamingo, Falcon International), Sao Paulo(Elis Regina, Ibirapuera Gym), Salvador(Castro Alves Theater), Recife(Guararapes Theater), Rio De Janeiro(Scala1,2), Curitiba(Guaira Theater), Port Alegre(Orquesta Sinfonica de Port Alegre), Belo Horizonte(Palasio Das Artes Theater), Blisbane(Celebrate Links), Mexico City, L.A. (Roxy), Seoul(EBS TV”Space”, Sound Holic, Jarasum Jazz Festival), Shanghai(Shanghai Center theater, JZ Club), Batam (Jazz Festival), Hua Hin(Jazz Festival), Beijing Jazz Festival, and so on.
Tetsuo Sakurai has been playing or recording with;
Al Kooper, Keith Knudsen, Jeff Baxter, David Sanborn, Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Bob James, Harvey Mason, Paulinho Da Costa, Lee Ritnour, Nathan East, Don Grusin, KI-KI Dee, Level 42, Gregory Walker, Randy Waldman, Vince Colaiuta, Neil Stubenhaus, Dan Haff, Gerry Goodman Group, Carlos Alomar, John Waite, Frank Simms, Djavan, Lenny Picket, Steve Thornton, Gilbert Gil, Salina Jones, Hiroshima, Oscar Cartaya, Erich Bulling, Jerry Hey, Larry Graham, Toots Thielemans, Caristo Obiedo, Lincoln Goins, Dennis Chambers, Greg Howe, Ivan Lins, Rosa Passos, Filo Machado, Tatiana, Valeria Oliveira, Mario Adnet, Leonardo Amuedo, Sergio Machado, Chris Fraziar, Marty Friedman, Dough Aldrich, Bill Sharpe, Carlos Lios, Frank McComb, Jack Lee, Lewis Pragasum, Dave Valentin, Lenny Castro, Gene Jackson, Gianfranco Continenza, Marcus Miller, Glenn Fredly, Tompi, Sandhy Sondoro
Masanori Sera, Toshinobu Kubota, Toshiki Kadomatsu, Keizo Nakanishi, Begin, Chikuzen Sato, Masaki Ueda, George Yanagi, Junichi Inagaki, Smap, Kinki Kids, Takie&Tsubasa, Hideki Saijyo, Hiroshi Tachi Keiko Lee, Lisa Ono, Nora, Junko Ohashi, Hiromi Iwasaki, Machiko Watanabe, Epo, Ami Ozaki, Mari Natsuki, Anna Tsuchiya, Sachiko Kobayashi Sadao Watanabe, Kazumi Watanabe, Satoru Shionoya, Kalros Kanno, Masato Honda, Michiya Haruhata, Issei Noro, Akira Jimbo, Minoru Mukaiya, Akira Wada, Katsutoshi Morizono, Syuichi Murakami, Nobu Saito, Tsugutoshi Goto, Hideo Yamaki, Ken Morimura, Chizuko Yoshihiro, Hirokuni Korekata, Ichiro Nakai, Nozomi Furukawa, Kunihiko Ryo, Yurie Kokubu, Kaoru Akimoto, Akira Ishiguro, Takeshi Itoh, Akira Onozuka, Kazuki Katsuta, Takashi Masuzaki, Hiroyuki Noritake, Keiji Matsumoto, Yuya Komoguchi, Muneyuki Kamimoto, Rynten Okazaki, Kenji Hino, and many more.