Jiro Inagaki

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Born (1933-10-03) October 3, 1933 (age 90)
Tokyo, Japan
  • Jazz
  • Jazz fusion
  • Jazz rock
  • Musician
  • Record producer
  • Saxophone
  • Flute
Years active1954–present
LabelsNippon Columbia
Associated actsSoul Media
Jiro Inagaki
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Nagaki Jirō born October 3, 1933 is a Japanese jazz saxophonist, bandleader, and producer. He plays tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, and occasionally alto saxophone. Inagaki played tenor saxophone with Frankie Sakai's from 1954 to 1955, before joining Hajime Hana and the Crazy Cats. He performed with various Japanese jazz artists and band leaders such as George Kawaguchi and Hideo Shiraki during the 1950s and 60s.[1][2]

Inagaki formed the jazz-rock band "Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media" in 1969, which was active throughout the 1970s and included Shunzo Ohno, Tetsuo Fushimi, and ; Ryo Kawasaki (guitar); Masahiko Satoh (piano, arranger); (keyboards, arranger); (bass); and Takeshi Inomata and (drums) in its varying lineups. The band's albums Head Rock, In The Groove, and Funky Stuff have been reissued several times.


As leader

  • This Is Jazz-Rock (Nippon Columbia, 1968), with Norio Maeda
  • Tenor Sax Screen Mood (Nippon Columbia, 1968)
  • Tenor Sax Standard Album (Nippon Columbia, 1969)
  • Do You Know The Way To San Jose? (Nippon Columbia, 1970)
  • Jazz & Rock "Out" (Nippon Columbia, 1970)
  • Head Rock (Nippon Columbia, 1970)
  • Woodstock Generation (Union, 1970)
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water (Nippon Columbia, 1971)
  • Quad Dimension / Rock'n Latin (Nippon Columbia, 1971)
  • Wandering Birds featuring Sammy (茅野 雅美) (Nippon Columbia, 1971)
  • Something (Nippon Columbia, 1971), with Steve Marcus; first released digital recording
  • Dōsojin 道祖神 (Nippon Columbia, 1972)
  • Rough & Elegance (Denon, 1972)
  • Dock Of My Mind (Nippon Columbia, 1972), with Yasushi Sawada
  • By The Red Stream (Nippon Columbia, 1973)
  • In The Groove (Nippon Columbia, 1973)
  • Funky Stuff (Nippon Columbia, 1975)
  • Funky Best (Nippon Columbia, 1975)
  • Blockbuster (Eastworld, 1978), with Chuck Rainey Rhythm Section
  • Memory Lane (Nippon Columbia, 1980)
  • Jazzy (Nippon Columbia, 1981)
  • Jazz Rock Legend (Nippon Columbia, 2013), compilation
  • Multiple artists, Sensational Jazz '70 Vol.0 (Nippon Columbia, 2015)

As sideman

  • Modern Jazz All Stars of Japan, Battle of Funky (Toshiba, 1961)
  • Helen Merrill, Helen Merrill in Tokyo (King, 1963)
  • Yūzō Kayama, Go-Go With Kayama (Toshiba, 1967)
  • Shianbashi Blues (Nippon Columbia, 1968)
  • Mood In Blues (Nippon Columbia)
  • Motohiko Hino & His Friends, Beat Drums (Denon, 1971)
  • Sammy with Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media, Woman, Robinson Crusoe – Rock Steady (Nippon Columbia, 1972)
  • Akira Okazawa, ギリシャについて書かれた本 (A Book Written About Greece) (Columbia Nippon, 1973)
  • Hiormasa Suzuki, High-Flying (Nippon Columbia, 1976)
  • Pink Lady, Challenge Concert (Victor, 1977)
  • Hideo Shiraki Quintet, Boomerang Baby (Express, 1980)
  • Wind-Breakers, Wind-Breakers (Discomate, 1980)
  • Norio Maeda & Wind-Breakers, I'll Remember April (Discomate, 1981), tenor saxophone, flute; also producer
  • Miki with Wind-Breakers, I'm A Woman (Philips, 1981)
  • Norio Maeda & Wind-Breakers, Misty (Discomate, 1983)

As producer

  • Mao, One For Elton John (Denon, 1971)
  • Mao, Call On Me (Liberty, 1972)
  • Kei Marimura, The Man I Love (Discomate, 1983)
  • Kei Marimura, P.S. I Love You (Discomate, 1983)
  • Naomi Miyanaga, Moment (Discomate, 1984)
  • Norio Maeda Trio, The Shadow Of Your Smile (Apollon, 1986)
  • Izumi Yukimura, (Nippon Columbia, 1992)


  1. "Jiro Inagaki Profile", Nippon Columbia. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  2. Porter, Lewis; DeVito, Chris; Wild, David; Fujioka, Yasuhiro; Schmaler, Wolf. The John Coltrane Reference. Taylor & Francis. p. 350. ISBN 9781135112578. July 22, 1966 (Friday, 11:30 p.m.). Video Hall, Tokyo. Both the John Coltrane Quintet and a group of Japanese musicians performed at this concert, which apparently was a big jam session with all the musicians playing together. The Japanese group included Akira Nakano and Takashi Shibuya (trumpet), Sadao Watanabe (alto sax), Hidehiko "Sleepy" Matsumoto and Jiro Inagaki (tenor sax), Masanaga Harada (bass), and George Kawaguchi and Hideo Shiraki (drums).

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