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Jiro Inagaki

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Jiro Inagaki
Born (1933-10-03) October 3, 1933 (age 87)
Tokyo, Japan
GenresJazz, jazz fusion, jazz rock
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer
InstrumentsSaxophone, flute
Years active1954–present
LabelsNippon Columbia
Associated actsSoul Media

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Jiro Inagaki (稲垣 次郎, Inagaki Jirō, born October 3, 1933[1]) is a Japanese jazz saxophonist, bandleader, and producer. He plays tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, and occasionally alto saxophone. Inagaki played tenor saxophone with Frankie Sakai's City Slickers [ja] from 1954 to 1955, before joining Hajime Hana and the Crazy Cats.[1] He performed with various Japanese jazz artists and band leaders such as George Kawaguchi and Hideo Shiraki during the 1950s and 60s.[2][3]

Inagaki formed the jazz-rock band "Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media" in 1969, which was active throughout the 1970s and included Shunzo Ohno, Tetsuo Fushimi, Shin Kazuhara [ja; de], and Shinobu Fujimoto [ja] (trumpet); Tadayuki Harada [ja; de] (baritone saxophone); Ryo Kawasaki and Tsunehide Matsuki [ja; de] (guitar); Masahiko Satoh (piano, arranger); Hiromasa Suzuki [ja; de] (keyboards, arranger); Yasuo Arakawa [ja; de] and Akira Okazawa [ja; de] (bass); and Takeshi Inomata and Hajime Ishimatsu [de] (drums) in its varying lineups. The band's albums Head Rock, In The Groove, and Funky Stuff have been reissued several times.


As leader[edit]

  • This Is Jazz-Rock (Nippon Columbia, 1968), with Norio Maeda
  • Tenor Sax Screen Mood (Nippon Columbia, 1968)
  • Tenor Sax Standard Album (Nippon Columbia, 1969)
  • Do You Know The Way To San Jose? (Nippon Columbia, 1970)
  • Jazz & Rock "Out" (Nippon Columbia, 1970)
  • Head Rock (Nippon Columbia, 1970)
  • Woodstock Generation (Union, 1970)
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water (Nippon Columbia, 1971)
  • Quad Dimension / Rock'n Latin (Nippon Columbia, 1971)
  • Wandering Birds featuring Sammy (茅野 雅美) (Nippon Columbia, 1971)
  • Something (Nippon Columbia, 1971), with Steve Marcus; first released digital recording
  • Dōsojin 道祖神 (Nippon Columbia, 1972)
  • Rough & Elegance (Denon, 1972)
  • Dock Of My Mind (Nippon Columbia, 1972), with Yasushi Sawada
  • By The Red Stream (Nippon Columbia, 1973)
  • In The Groove (Nippon Columbia, 1973)
  • Funky Stuff (Nippon Columbia, 1975)
  • Funky Best (Nippon Columbia, 1975)
  • Blockbuster (Eastworld, 1978), with Chuck Rainey Rhythm Section
  • Memory Lane (Nippon Columbia, 1980)
  • Jazzy (Nippon Columbia, 1981)
  • Jazz Rock Legend (Nippon Columbia, 2013), compilation
  • Multiple artists, Sensational Jazz '70 Vol.0 (Nippon Columbia, 2015)

As sideman[edit]

  • Modern Jazz All Stars of Japan, Battle of Funky (Toshiba, 1961)
  • Helen Merrill, Helen Merrill in Tokyo (King, 1963)
  • Yūzō Kayama, Go-Go With Kayama (Toshiba, 1967)
  • Shianbashi Blues (Nippon Columbia, 1968)
  • Mood In Blues (Nippon Columbia)
  • Motohiko Hino & His Friends, Beat Drums (Denon, 1971)
  • Sammy with Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media, Woman, Robinson Crusoe – Rock Steady (Nippon Columbia, 1972)
  • Akira Okazawa, ギリシャについて書かれた本 (A Book Written About Greece) (Columbia Nippon, 1973)
  • Eiichi Ohtaki, Niagara Moon [ja] (Niagara/Elec, 1975)
  • Hiormasa Suzuki, High-Flying (Nippon Columbia, 1976)
  • Minako Yoshida [ja], Minako [ja] (RCA/RVC, 1975)
  • Minako Yoshida, Flapper [ja] (RCA/RVC, 1976)
  • Hideki Saijo, Hideki Live '76 [ja] (RCA/RVC, 1976)
  • Hideki Saijo, Rock'n'Roll Music / Hideki [ja] (RCA/RVC, 1977)
  • Pink Lady, Challenge Concert (Victor, 1977)
  • Hideo Shiraki Quintet, Boomerang Baby (Express, 1980)
  • Wind-Breakers, Wind-Breakers (Discomate, 1980)
  • Norio Maeda & Wind-Breakers, I'll Remember April (Discomate, 1981), tenor saxophone, flute; also producer
  • Miki (佐藤 未樹) with Wind-Breakers, I'm A Woman (Philips, 1981)
  • Norio Maeda & Wind-Breakers, Misty (Discomate, 1983)

As producer[edit]

  • Mao, One For Elton John (Denon, 1971)
  • Mao, Call On Me (Liberty, 1972)
  • Kei Marimura, The Man I Love (Discomate, 1983)
  • Kei Marimura, P.S. I Love You (Discomate, 1983)
  • Naomi Miyanaga, Moment (Discomate, 1984)
  • Miki Matsubara, Blue Eyes [ja] (See-Saw, 1984)
  • Norio Maeda Trio, The Shadow Of Your Smile (Apollon, 1986)
  • Izumi Yukimura, 世紀の歌 こころの唄 (Nippon Columbia, 1992)


  1. 1.0 1.1 "稲垣次郎", Hatena Blog Tag. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  2. "Jiro Inagaki Profile", Nippon Columbia. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  3. Porter, Lewis; DeVito, Chris; Wild, David; Fujioka, Yasuhiro; Schmaler, Wolf (26 April 2013). The John Coltrane Reference. Taylor & Francis. p. 350. ISBN 9781135112578. July 22, 1966 (Friday, 11:30 p.m.). Video Hall, Tokyo. Both the John Coltrane Quintet and a group of Japanese musicians performed at this concert, which apparently was a big jam session with all the musicians playing together. The Japanese group included Akira Nakano and Takashi [sic] Shibuya (trumpet), Sadao Watanabe (alto sax), Hidehiko "Sleepy" Matsumoto and Jiro Inagaki (tenor sax), Masanaga Harada [de; nl] (bass), and George Kawaguchi and Hideo Shiraki (drums). Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

External Links[edit]

Category:1933 births Category:Living people Category:People from Tokyo Category:Japanese jazz bandleaders Category:Japanese jazz musicians Category:Japanese jazz saxophonists Category:Jazz fusion saxophonists Category:Jazz-funk saxophonists Category:20th-century saxophonists Category:21st-century saxophonists

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