Toshihiko Kankawa
Toshihiko Kankawa was born in Osaka. Starting piano lessons at the age of three, he made his professional debut at 18. He moved to the USA the following year where he studied under the organ master Jimmy Smith, having received a great impact from his music in Los Angeles.
After returning to Japan in 1978, Kankawa played regularly in one of the most popular late night TV programs of the time called "11pm"for two years. He released his first leader album "Hobo's Blues" in 1983 and in 1984 "Quarter Run "in which Jimmy Smith played as a guest. In 1986, Kankawa played in the first Mt.Fuji Jazz Festival Blue Note with Lou Donaldson, a rare opportunity given to Japanese musicians by the major summer jazz festival known to feature top international artists. In 1986, he had the tour with Bady Tate & Arnet Cob, in 1987 with Joe Hendeson, and in 1988 with Rechard Tea & Cornel Dupree.
Kankawa continued playing jazz festivals and touring clubs in Japan and became the No. One organ player in the country. After releasing another album "Mr. Soulman" in 1987, he moved to New York in 1989 and played on jazz festivals around the world, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, and performed at clubs such as the Blue Note in New York. He also had a regular combo in Harlem/New York.
In 1996, Kankawa went on to create a new type of music, inheriting the tradition of jazz, but at the same time incorporating essence of funk, fusion, and rock. With "BIII", his new album, he has succeeded in creating another dimension in the organ music. In 2001, he introduced Jack Mcduff to Japan, and played double organ concerts and had the live recording album "Organ Meeting". In 2002, Kankawa had a great successful Japan tour entitled "Organ Jam 2002" with a star band of the New York Jam scene, "SOULIVE" with his new project named "KANKAWA 122".
In 2004, he founded a new band with DJ Kensei named NUDE JAZZ. This band released released their first album "cynodontia" in 2005. In 2006, a trio jazz album called "Jazz Time 3 - Soul Finger-- Tribute to Jimmy Smith" followed.
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Harlem Swing
Forest Music NNCJ-6001
recorded August 1992 in Tokyo/Japan
Toshihiko Kankawa, Hammond B-3 organ, melodica
Jimmy Ponder,guitar
Greg Bandy, drums
Organ Meeting
What's New WNCJ 2104
recorded live January 2000 at the jazz club Bash in Roppongi, Tokyo/Japan
Toshihiko Kankawa, Hammond B-3 organ
Jack McDuff, Hammond B-3 organ
Nao Takeuchi, tenor sax
Kenichi Nishio, trumpet
Marvin Horn, guitar
Greg Bandy, drums
Kankawa Meets Gary Bartz
Forest Music NNCJ-6001
recorded live July/August 2003 in Nango and Kuchan/Japan
Gary Bartz, alto sax, soprano sax
Toshihiko Kankawa, organ, keyboards
Greg Bandy, drums
The Heavy Cats
Forest Music NNCJ-6003
recorded 2004 (?) in Japan
Hiram Bullock, guitar, vocals
Toshihiko Kankawa, organ, keyboards
Kenji Hino, bass
Fuyu, drums
Henderson Meets Kankawa
Forest Music NNCJ-6004
recorded September 1987 live at Loft-6 in OsakaJapan
Joe Henserson, tenor sax
Toshihiko Kankawa, Hamond B3 organ
Keith Kilgo, drums
Soul Fingers
Forest Music NNCJ-6005
recorded July/August 2005 in Tokyo/Japan
Toshihiko Kankawa, Hammond B-3 organ, Roland sacral organ
Jun Yamagishi, guitar
Jimmie Smith, drums
Mark Whitfield, guitar
Winard Harper, drums
Phil Upchurch, guitar, bass
Cecil Monroe, drums
Andy McCloud, bass
Greg Bandy, drums
Seiichi Nakamura, clarinet
Takaaki Miyanoue, guitar

Made In Tokyo
recorded February 2006
Toshihiko Kankawa, Hammond organ

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