Tetsuo Sakurai is a Japanese bassist born in Tokyo and was a member of the legendary Japanese fusion band “Casiopea” during 1976-1989, and ”Jimsaku” with Akira Jimbo during 1990-1998.
Currently, Tetsuo has three configurations for live performance: a solo performance, his own band and Jaco Tribute Band.
During the span of his 40 year career, Tetsuo has released 48 albums with the bands and as a solo artist, and made 4 instructional video titles as well as 7 live video titles. He joined Warwick Bass Camp 2014-16 as a professor.
Casiopea: 19 albums(1979-1989)
Jimsaku(Tetsuo with Akira Jimbo): 11 albums(1990-1998)
Solo Album: Dew Drops 1986/ A GATE OF THE 21st CENTURY 1999/ TLM 20 -Live Memories of 20 years – 2000/ My Dear Music Life 2009/ Talking Bass 2012/ Nothin’ but the Bass 2015
Tetsuo with Greg Howe & Dennis Chambers: Gentle Hearts 2001/ Gentle Hearts Tour 2004 CD & DVD/ Vital World 2010
Tetsuo with Brasilian artists: Cartas Do Brasil(Djavan, Ivan Lins, Rosa Passos, Filo Machado) 2003/ Brasil Conection(feat. Filo Machado)CD & DVD 2006, 2007
Far East(Tetsuo with Rynten Okazaki(acoustic gt.)): IMO 2007
TETSUJINO" (Tetsuo with JINO(bass)):Double Trouble 2008
PEGASUS" (Tetsuo with Issei Noro(acoustic gt)): CD & DVD 2010.
Tetsuo Sakurai -Jaco Tribute Band: It's A Jaco Time ! 2013.
Tetsuo Sakurai has played and/or recorded with:
Al Kooper, Keith Knudsen, Jeff Baxter, David Sanborn, Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Bob James, Harvey Mason, Paulinho Da Costa, Lee Ritnour, Nathan East, Don Grusin, KI-KI Dee, Level 42, Gregory Walker, Randy Waldman, Vinnie Colaiuta, Neil Stubenhaus, Dan Haff, Gerry Goodman Group, Carlos Alomar, John Waite, Frank Simms, Djavan, Lenny Picket, Steve Thornton, Gilbert Gil, Salina Jones, Hiroshima, Oscar Cartaya, Erich Bulling, Jerry Hey, Larry Graham, Toots Thielemans, Caristo Obiedo, Lincoln Goins, Dennis Chambers, Greg Howe, Ivan Lins, Rosa Passos, Filo Machado, Tatiana, Valeria Oliveira, Mario Adnet, Leonardo Amuedo, Sergio Machado, Chris Frazier, Marty Friedman, Dough Aldrich, Bill Sharpe, Carlos Lios, Frank McComb, Sadao Watanabe, Jack Lee, Lewis Pragasum, Dave Valentin, Lenny Castro, Gene Jackson, Gianfranco Continenza, Marcus Miller, Glenn Fredly, Tompi, Sandhy Sondoro, Chuck Rainy, Chester Thompson, Stuart Hamm, Hadrien Feraud, Dominique Di Piazza, Felix Pastorius, Simon Phillips…
"The sound from Markbass Amp is absolutely natural yet punchy."—says Tetsuo—"And all the controls are very useful to get my favorite tuning. With the cool design and the right weight!! This is the best!!