Friday, December 21, 2007
Sadao Watanabe interviewed
Christopher Toh talks to the Japanese alto saxophonist Sadao Watanabe who at 74 still rehearses every day (Channel News Asia). Watanabe started playing in the 1950s, attended Boston's Berklee College of Music in 1962 and performed with musicians such as Gary McFarland and Chico Hamilton. Back in Japan he formed his own band and played with some of the top musicians from all over the world ever since. His current band consists of young musicians in their 30s and 40s, but he also works with school children at concerts and educational projects.