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Fumio Karashima (1948 to 2017) was a Japanese 'jazz' pianist. Fumio Karashima was born in Oita, Japan, on March 9th 1948, and he began playing the piano at the age of three. His father was a music teacher at Kyushu University, and Karashima attended the same university. Although he once tasted the New York music scene while staying there for a period in 1973, he nevertheless returned to Japan the following year, and in 1975 joined drummer George Ohtsuka's band. In 1980, he then joined Elvin Jones' 'Jazz Machine', staying with them for five years and taking part in tours of Europe and also back to the United States. After this collaboration ended, he switched to being mainly a solo pianist, though he did lead his own outfit, the 'Fumio Karashima Quintet', from 1988 to 1991 - they became highly-acclaimed as very much a "genuine" 'jazz' quintet. His solo appearances included those with the 'Kenichi Tsunoda Big Band', the 'Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra' and the 'New Japan Philharmonic', and he was especially noted for his performance on a version of the Gershwin classic "Rhapsody in Blue" by an ensemble led by Yosuke Yamashita. As a leader or soloist, he recorded five albums for the label 'Absord' from 1978 to 1983, five for 'VideoArts' between 2001 and 2008, and 4 long-players on the 'Pit Inn' imprint from 2010 to 2015. In 2003, he was invited to perform in five countries in South America - Cuba, Panama, El Salvador, Mexico and Argentina, and received the 31st "Nanri Fumio Award" of the year in 2005. He had also frequently toured elsewhere internationally during the 1990s, but his musical activity ceased completely after receiving a diagnosis of cancer in 2015. Fumio Karashima died from the condition in Tokyo on February 24th 2017. [ Translated from: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/culture/20170225-OYT1T50000.html ]
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fumio_Karashima - http://www.pit-inn.com/karashima/en/2008/09/profile.php
Posted: 30th March 2017
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