Ja­panese jazz leg­end takes his sticks across NZ

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - HUGH COLLINS

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.

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Sabu Toy­ozumi says he’s look­ing for­ward to col­lab­o­rat­ing with Kiwi mu­si­cians.

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