Naoki's Music Page!

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Tagline: I'm a multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, bass clarinet, flute, guitar, acoustic/electric bass, and drums) mainly playing jazz.

Introduction: I started learning to play the organ when I was 7 years old. Upon entering junior high, I switched to classical guitar, and played in a classical guitar orchestra, mainly Baroque music (Bach, Vivaldi, ...). Around the same time, I also got interested in rock (Beatles, Deep Purple, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, ...). Finally, in college, I started listening, playing, and composing jazz, and also started playing drums. More recently, I learned how to play both upright bass and fretless electric bass. Currently, I am spending more time to play tenor and soprano saxophones as well as bass clarinet and flute. I also regularly play in our band Mercurial Mind consisting of David Kyle (keyboards), Bart Wise (bass), Bart van der Zeeuw (drums), and myself (miscellaneous instruments).

My musical heroes (in alphabetical order):
  • Burt Bacharach
  • Jeff Beck
  • Larry Carlton
  • John Coltrane
  • The Crusaders
  • Miles Davis
  • Eric Dolphy
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Jay Graydon
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Donny Hathaway
  • Allan Holdsworth
  • Bill LaBounty
  • Michael McDonald
  • Mike Mainieri
  • Jaco Pastorius
  • Chris Potter
  • Jeff Porcaro
  • Dianne Reeves
  • Boz Scaggs
  • Maria Schneider
  • Wayne Shorter
  • Steely Dan
  • David T. Walker
  • Weather Report
  • Stevie Wonder

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