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Born in Japan in 1946, Yoshio Suzuki's mother was a piano teacher and his father the owner of the famous Suzuki Violin Factory. His uncle is, in addition, on of the world's foremost violin teachers, and author of the renown Suzuki Method. Surrounded by musical influence, Yoshio began playing violin and piano at an early age and later also took up the guitar.

At Waseda University, he joinded the jazz band as pianist, and soon after graduation, started his professional music career. While studying jazz theory with Sadao Watanbe, the Famous saxophonist, Watanabe suggested Yoshio switch to bass as his main instrument. He did, and in 1969, he joined Watanabe's band as bassist. He also played bass with Masabumi Kikuchi's band, which was equally prominent in Japan at the time.

In 1973, he moved to New York and between 1974 and 1980, played with world famous jazz musicians such as Stan Getz, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and the Bill Hardman & Junior Cook Band. He also performed wit Sonny Rollins, Lee Konitz, and Chet Baker. At the same time, he formed his own band with sax player Dave Liebman, which became well known on the New York circuit.

While his perfoming and recording career kept him busy, Yoshio still took the time to study composing and arranging at the Juilliard School of Music. This helped him to further incorporate his Japanese cultural heritage with his classical music training and his passion for jazz.

In 1985, Yoshio returned to Japan to break new musical ground with the formation of his own band, Matsuri and his current group, East Bounce, which has just released its self-titled U.S. debut on One Voice/Satellites.

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