Kiyoshi Kitagawa

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Kiyoshi Kitagawa (jap. 北川 潔, Kitagawa Kiyoshi; born 1958 in Osaka Prefecture) is a Japanese jazz bassist living in the United States.

Life and work

Kiyoshi Kitagawa first began playing guitar at the age of 14 before switching to the double bass at 19. He worked with Sadayasu Fujii, among others, in the mid-1980s, with whom he made his first recordings; after moving to New York City, he worked with the Harper Brothers, Pete Minger, Susannah McCorkle, Kenny Garrett, Makoto Ozone, Jimmy Heath, Satoshi Inoue, Andy Bey, Ben Riley, Jon Faddis and Michael Rodriguez.

In November 2003, Kitagawa recorded his debut album Ancestry, featuring Brian Blade and Kenny Barron, followed by Prayer in 2005 with the same line-up. He also released solo albums in 2000 and 2007, respectively. In 2010, he accompanied Regina Carter with the Monterey All Stars. In 2014 he also played in Charles McPherson’s quintet[1]. In jazz, he was involved in 29 recording sessions between 1984 and 2012.[2] In 2018 he played in Kenny Barron’s trio, and in 2019 in the Steve Nelson Quartet.

Kitagawa lives in Brooklyn.

Discographical notes

  • Live at Tsūtenkaku (2006), with Kenny Barron and Brian Blade
  • Live in Japan (2007), with Kenny Barron and Brian Blade
  • I’m Still Here (2007), with Danny Grissett and Brian Blade

Web links

Individual references

  2. Tom Lord: The Jazz Discography (online, retrieved 4 July 2014)