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「Tre agrable」(2010年)、 PINGO」(2013年)、 FOTOS」(2020年)、そして「Something in Red」(2023年)と、計4枚のアルバムをリリースしている。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)

Born in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture. Discovered big band jazz and picked up the tenor saxophone upon entering junior high school. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2006, he relocated to New York as his base of activity, where he met many musicians through regular performances with his own group at live houses and collaborations with other genres such as film and dance, and participated in sessions with them. In 2010, he was selected as a member of the Blue Note 75th Anniversary live, and appeared at Blue Note Tokyo with the group consisting of Terumasa Hino, Chihiro Yamanaka, Ron Carter, and Gene Jackson, which received great acclaim. In 2017, he performed at the Detroit Jazz Festival with his sax trio (Takashi Sugawa and Shun Ishiwaka). He has appeared at jazz festivals in various countries such as the United States, Taiwan, and Luxembourg. Currently, he is a member of many groups, including his own group FOTOS (Hakuei Kim, James Macauley, Sota Kira, and Marty Holoubek), Sax trio (David Bryant and Takumi Awatani), and Takuya Kuroda, Kunpei Nakabayashi, Jun Furuya, and Eri Chichibu, among others. He has released "Tre agrable" (2010), "PINGO" (2013), "FOTOS" (2020) and “Something in Red" (2023).

Nishiguchi currently resides in Tokyo, Japan where he performs both as a sideman and leader. Some of the notables that Nishiguchi has played with internationally include Ron Carter, Takuya Kuroda, Michel Reis, Billy Drummond, Kiyashi Kitagawa, Uri Gurvich, Leo Genovese, Bob Mintzer, Terumasa Hino, Teriver Chang, Aaron Choulai.