R.I.P.: K. Abe
died September 17, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan)
Japan's most renowned and awarded jazz photographer ever, K. Abe died from pneumonia at Seikyo Hospital in Tokyo, a couple of weeks ago. He was 78.
Born in Tokyo, Katsuji Abe was first exposed to American popular music in the mid-Forties. While he was a student at Waseda University, in the late forties and early fifties, he performed jazz at U.S. Army and Navy camps. After graduation, he worked as a radio disk-jockey and an album cover designer, and became a self-taught photographer.
(liner photo from Hubert Laws' "Morning Star" LP)
A tribute to Abe-sun is scheduled for December at the "Cafe Cotton Club" in Takadanobaba, Tokyo.