Kiyoshi Kitagawa

Kiyoshi Kitagawa (北川 潔) (born December 5, 1958 in Osaka) is a Japanese-American jazz double-bassist.

Kiyoshi Kitagawa
Kitagawa performing at the 2018 Oslo Jazz Festival
Kitagawa performing at the 2018 Oslo Jazz Festival
Background information
Born (1958-12-05) December 5, 1958 (age 62)
Osaka, Japan
InstrumentsDouble bass
Years active1980s–present
LabelsAtelier Sawano


Kitagawa first played bass guitar, and was in a rock band as a high schooler. He switched to double bass while a student at Kansei Gakuin Daigaku, and played in the 1980s with Sadayasu Fuji and Takashi Furuya. In October 1988, he immigrated to the United States, where lived in New York City.[1] Kitagawa joined to Winard Harper's the Harper Brothers, and played with Kenny Barron, Andy Bey, Jon Faddis, Kenny Garrett, Jimmy Heath, Susannah McCorkle, Makoto Ozone, Ben Riley, and Terrell Stafford in the late 1980s and 1990s. He worked with Barron again several times in the 2000s, as well as with Brian Blade and Danny Grissett, and worked in the 2010s with Regina Carter and Charles McPherson.


As leaderEdit

  • Ancestry (Atelier Sawano, 2004)
  • Prayer (Atelier Sawano, 2005)
  • Solo (Atelier Sawano, 2006)
  • Live at Tsutenkaku (DVD-Video, Atelier Sawano, 2006)
  • I'm Still Here (Atelier Sawano, 2007)
  • Solo 2 (Atelier Sawano, 2008) – with photo album
  • Live in Japan' (Atelier Sawano, 2008) – compilation. live recorded in 2005.
  • Walkin' Ahead (Atelier Sawano, 2015)
  • Turning Point (Atelier Sawano, 2017)
  • Spring Night (Atelier Sawano, 2020)

As sidemanEdit

With Makoto OzoneEdit

  • Makoto Ozone – The Trio (Polydor, 1997)
  • Dear Oscar (Polydor, 1998)
  • Three Wishes (Verve, 1998)
  • No Strings Attached (Polydor, 1999)

With Kenny BarronEdit

With othersEdit


  1. ^ "アーティスト / 北川 潔" [Artist / Kiyoshi Kitagawa]. Atelier Sawano. Retrieved January 30, 2021.