Japanese jazz legend takes his sticks across NZ
A Japanese jazz drummer with more than 50 years experience is set to take his sticks across New Zealand.
Sabu Toyozumi will play eight shows around the country while performing alongside three Kiwi musicians.
Toyozumi is considered one of the world’s great improvising jazz drummers with a career that goes back to the 1960s.
He was one of the first musicians in Japan to explore free jazz improvisation, a style spontaneous in nature that doesn’t follow a composition. Born in 1943, Toyozumi has worked with a range of respected jazz figures from around the world.
Joining him will be Auckland saxophonist Jeff Henderson, Wellington guitarist and sound artist Daniel Beban along with Phoenix Foundation bass player Tom Callwood. ‘‘It’s very inspiring and rare for a bunch of New Zealand musicians to have the chance to tour and play every night with someone who’s got such a vast amount of experience, and maintained his creativity and energy,’’ Henderson said. Toyozumi said he’s excited to meet new musicians and create something new.
The Sabu Toyozumi NZ Quartet will kick off in Auckland at the Wine Cellar on March 15.
Sabu Toyozumi says he’s looking forward to collaborating with Kiwi musicians.