Sadao Watanabe (musician)

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Sadao Watanabe
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Watanabe at Expo Zaragoza 2008
Background information
Born (1933-02-01) February 1, 1933 (age 86)
Utsunomiya, Japan
GenresJazz, jazz fusion, bossa nova, pop
InstrumentsAlto saxophone, sopranino saxophone, flute
Years active1953–present

Sadao Watanabe (渡辺 貞夫, Watanabe Sadao, born February 1, 1933) is a Japanese jazz musician who plays alto saxophone, sopranino saxophone, and flute. He is known for his bossa nova recordings, although his work encompasses many styles with collaborations from musicians all over the world.[1] He has had over ten albums reach the top 50 Billboard charts and two within the top 10.[2] He has also had numerous albums reach number one on the jazz charts.[3] Among his awards are the Order of the Rising Sun, the imperial medal of honor for contribution to the arts, and the Fumio Nanri award.

Born in Utsunomiya, Japan, Sadao first began learning music at the age of 18 and started performing professionally in 1953. By 1958 he had performed with leading musicians and quartets.[3][4] In 1962 he left Japan to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1995 the college awarded him an honorary doctorate degree for his contributions to music.[5] In addition to his musical career, Watanabe has published six photography books in Japan.[6]


As leader/co-leader[edit]

Year Title Label Notes
1961 Sadao Watanabe
1965 Sadao Watanabe Plays
1966 Goin' Home Modern Jazz Album Denon Toshiyuki Myama & His New Herd (excp. 3, 7) Kazuo Yashiro & His Trio (3, 7)[7]
1966 Takt Jazz Jazz & Bossa Nova
1967 Sadao Watanabe & Charlie Mariano: Iberian Waltz Denon with Charlie Mariano
1967 Nabesada & Charlie
1967 Bossa Beat Collection Live
1967 Jazz Samba
1967 My Romance
1967 Bossa Nova '67
1967 Bossa Nova Concert
1967 Music Break
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
1969 Swing Journal Jazz Workshop
1969 Pastoral Sony
1969 Song Book
1969 Sadao Watanabe Live at the Junk Sony Live
1969 Dedicated to Charlie Parker Live with Terumasa Hino, Masanaga Harada, Fumio Watanabe, Kazuo Yashiro
1970 Sadao Watanabe at Montreux Jazz Festival Sony Live
1970 Round Trip Sony with Jack DeJohnette, Miroslav Vitouš, Chick Corea
1970 Collaboration Quartet with Masabumi Kikuchi Sextet
1971 Paysages Sony
1972 Sadao Watanabe Sony
1973 Open Road Sony
1973 Kenya Ya Africa Meets Inter-African Theatre Group Sony Live
1974 Mbali Africa Sony Live
1974 Sadao Watanabe at "Pit Inn" Sony Live
1975 Swiss Air Sony Live
1975 Pamoja Live
1976 I'm Old Fashioned East Wind with the Great Jazz Trio: Hank Jones, Ron Carter, Tony Williams
1976 Sadao Watanabe Recital Live
1977 My Dear Life with Harvey Mason, Chuck Rainey, Lee Ritenour
1977 Bird of Paradise with Ron Carter, Hank Jones and Tony Williams
1977 Autumn Blow Live with Lee Ritenour, Harvey Mason, Anthony Jackson, Patrice Rushen, Ernie Watts
1978 Birds of Passage Elektra with Ron Carter, George Duke, Hank Jones, Hubert Laws, Kazumi Watanabe, Tony Williams, Jimmy Haslip, Alex Acuña, Diana Acuna
1978 Carnaval Galaxy with Ron Carter, Hank Jones and Tony Williams
1978 California Shower with Harvey Mason, Chuck Rainey, Lee Ritenour, Ernie Watts
1979 Morning Island Flying Disk with Michael Brecker, Steve Gadd
1980 How's Everything Live with Dave Grusin, Steve Gadd, Richard Tee, Eric Gale, Anthony Jackson, Jon Faddis
1981 Orange Express with Dave Grusin, George Benson, Bobby Broom, Marcus Miller, Buddy Williams
1983 Fill Up the Night with Ralph MacDonald, Richard Tee, Marcus Miller, Steve Gadd, Eric Gale, Paul Griffin, Jorge Dalto, Grady Tate
1983 Carnival with Ron Carter, Hank Jones, Tony Williams
1984 Rendezvous with Steve Gadd, Eric Gale, Marcus Miller, Richard Tee
1985 Maisha with Don Grusin, Herbie Hancock, Nathan East, Harvey Mason
1985 Parker's Mood Live with Seigen Ono, James Williams, Jeff Tain Watts, Charnett Moffett
1985 Tokyo Dating
1986 Good Time for Love
1987 Birds of Paradise with Russell Ferrante, George Duke, Abraham Laboriel
1988 Elis
1988 Made in Coracao Toquinho
1989 Front Seat with Patti Austin with Russell Ferrante, Jeff Porcaro, George Duke, Jimmy Haslip
1991 Sweet Deal with Don Grusin, Peter Erskine, Russell Ferrante, Abraham Laboriel
1992 A Night with Strings Live with Peter Erskine
1993 Earth Step with Steve Gadd
1994 in Tempo
1993 A Night with Strings Vol. 2
1994 A Night with Strings Vol. 3/Sadao Plays Parker with Russell Ferrante, Peter Erskine
1997 Go Straight Ahead 'n Make a Left with Bernard Wright, Charley Drayton, Mike Flythe
1997 Kuroi Hitomi Song Book
1998 Viajando
1999 Remembrance Verve with Robin Eubanks, Billy Drummond, Jim Anderson, Cyrus Chestnut, Romero Lubambo, Christian McBride, Nicholas Payton
2000 Sadao 2000 with Richard Bona, Mike Stern
2000 Minha Saudade Live
2001 My Dear Life: 50th Anniversary Collection
2003 Wheel of Life with Richard Bona, Mike Stern
2005 Sketches of Nature
2005 One for You Live with Richard Bona
2005 Broadcast Tracks '69-'72
2005 Sadao & Charlie Again Live
2007 Basie's at Night Live
2009 Into Tomorrow
2011 Come Today
2015 I'm with You with Russell Ferrante, Peter Erskine
2017 Encore! with Dave Grusin, Russell Ferrante, Robben Ford
2017 Re-Bop Victor with Cyrus Chestnut, Chris Thomas, Brian Blade
2018 Re-Bop the Night Victor with Russell Ferrante, Ben Williams, Kendrick Scott

As sideman[edit]


  1. ^ "Music & Nightlife". Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  2. ^ "Artist Search for "sadao watanabe"". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  3. ^ a b "Cityline". Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  4. ^ "Sadao Watanabe". Blue Note Jazz Festival. 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  5. ^ "About Berklee | Berklee College of Music". Retrieved 2013-03-17.
  6. ^ Sadao Watanabe web site: biography (in Japanese), with photos
  7. ^

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