Jazz Guitarist Tsutomu Nakai is one of the hottest and in demand musicians in New York City right now. His exceptionally unique guitar work is beautiful and strong, yet versatile. His mastery of Improvisation is evident while emphasizing the melody above all else. This is the essence of Jazz guitarist Tsutomu Nakai’s style.

His second full length album as a leader, “G’s Wish” featured a close collaboration with the great Tenor saxophone player Mark Turner. The album showcases more than just the mastery of the instruments, but draws out deep emotions that only Jazz music can convey. Mr. Nakai maintains a steady live performance schedule, gigging at clubs all over New York City. Some of his frequent appearances on the bandstand have been sharing the stage with with respected jazz musicians like Jimmy Heath, Lonnie Plaxico, Russell Malone, Michael Kanan, Jim Rotondi, Gene Jackson, Fukushi Tainaka, Sadao Watanabe, Peter Bernstein, Mark Turner, Sullivan Fortner, and others.

Tsutomu Nakai started his career as a guitar player at local clubs in his hometown when he was in high school. After listening to Jim Hall, he was inspired and devoted the majority of his time to jazz guitar. Having moved to New York City in 1997, he started studying under Jazz master Gene Bertoncini. His playing style can conjure visions of guitar god, Grant Green, however he never hesitates to embark on the journey of establishing his own playing style. His unique bell like guitar tone casts an atmosphere of freshness over any musical situation he is involved with.

In 2014 he led a concert tour throughout Japan in to sensational accolades. He was accompanied by three of the top musicians in New York and in the Jazz World. His band mates were Dwayne Cook Broadnax(d), Jim Cammack(b) and Rob Bargad(p). Also in 2002 He conducted a well received and much remembered concert tour in Japan along with organist Adam Scone. For the past 14 Years, Tsutomu has arranged an annual concert tour of Japan with top musicians from both Japan and USA.

In 2016 Tsutomu started special gig every Wed in Brooklyn with Grammy winner Mr, Lonnie Plaxico and Dwayne Cook Broadnax at Myrtle and Gold. His third album “Myrtle and Gold” released 2017. Tsutomu led a concert tour as new album release tour with Lonnie and Cook in Japan 2017. Tsutomu recorded with Adam Scone’s new album as a side man. Also Tsutomu recorded with winner of the 2015 Cole Porter fellowship from the American Pianist Association and the 2016 Lincoln center award Mr, Sullivan Fortner.
Tsutomu will be in Japan to play with Grammy winner Lonnie Plaxico and Sullivan Fortner 2018.

中井勉 ジャズギターリスト 1971年生まれ
ブルックリン ニューヨーク 在住

14歳からロックギターに興味を持ち、なぜか自宅の片隅に偶然見つけたフォークギターを触り始める。当初はヴァン・ヘーレン、マイケル・シェンカー、のコピーで日々何十時間と練習に明け暮れる。その後、学生時代にJim Hall のギターに刺激を受け、ロックギターからジャズギターの道に進む。アン・ミュージックスクール京都にて基礎となる音楽理論一般を学び、在学中からプロのジャズギタリストとして関西を中心に活躍する。





2014年4月には、Tsutomu Nakai Super Quartet としてDwayne Cook Broadnax(d) Jim Cammack(b) Rob Bargad(p)を率いて日本ツアーを行う。各地で大盛況となり話題になる。


2017年には三枚目のリーダ作としてMyrtle and Gold をロニー、クック、等とリリースし、ニューヨークZinc bar にて発売記念ライブを行う。同年、録音メンバーを率いてジャパンツアーを行い各地で大盛況となる。

2017年12月には初のプロデューサー業を任され、ピアニストのサリバンフォートナー等とアルバムを録音する。同月、親友でもあるオルガン奏者アダムスコーンのニューアルバム “ low and Slow “録音にもイアン・ヘンドリクソン・スミス等と参加する。