西口明宏 -Akihiro Nishiguchi- (Sax)





2010年の帰国後、ブルーノートの75周年記念ライブメンバーに選ばれ、日野皓正、山中千尋、Ron CarterGene Jacksonらと共にブルーノート東京での演奏を好評で終える。2017年には、自身のサックストリオ(須川崇志、石若駿)でデトロイトジャズフェスティバルに参加。2018年と2020年には、MISIAのツアーメンバーとして活動。2021年には紅白歌合戦にも出演。これまでアメリカ、台湾、ルクセンブルクなど多数の国内外ジャズフェスティバルに出演している。


これまでにこれまでに『FOTOS』(2020)、『Something in Red』(2023)、『Palindrome』(2024)を含む計5枚のアルバムをリリースしている。また、サックス専門誌「Sax World」でのアドリブセミナーの連載や、3冊の書籍の出版も手がける。

AKIHIRO NISHIGUCHI(Jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger)

Akihiro Nishiguchi is an innovative saxophonist who blends avant-garde jazz with his roots in big band jazz. Born in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, Nishiguchi discovered his passion for big band jazz in junior high when he first picked up the tenor saxophone. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2006, he relocated to New York, establishing it as his operational base. There, he immersed himself in the vibrant local music scene, performing regularly with his own group in live venues and engaging in collaborative projects across various genres, including film and dance.

In 2010, Nishiguchi's prowess earned him a spot in the Blue Note 75th Anniversary concert, where he performed at Blue Note Tokyo alongside jazz greats such as Terumasa Hino, Chihiro Yamanaka, Ron Carter, and Gene Jackson, garnering significant acclaim. His career continued to flourish as he took the stage at the Detroit Jazz Festival in 2017 with his sax trio. Nishiguchi has also graced numerous international jazz festivals in countries like the United States, Taiwan, and Luxembourg.

Presently, he is an active member of several music groups. His own ensemble, FOTOS, includes Hakuei Kim on keyboards, James Macauley on trombone, Sota Kira on drums, and Marty Holoubek on bass. He also collaborates with noted artists such as Takuya Kuroda, Kunpei Nakabayashi, Jun Furuya, Eri Chichibu, and Tomoaki Baba. Over the years, Nishiguchi has released several albums, including  "FOTOS" (2020),  "Something in Red" (2023) and  “Palindrome" (2024).

Nishiguchi currently resides in Tokyo, Japan, where he continues to make his mark both as a sideman and as a leader. He has performed with a host of notable musicians internationally, including Ron Carter, Takuya Kuroda, Michel Reis, Billy Drummond, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, Uri Gurvich, Leo Genovese, Bob Mintzer, Terumasa Hino, and Teriver Cheung.