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 ywhile 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 not just the mastery of the instruments, but also 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 included sharing the stage 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 into 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). In 2002, he conducted a well received and much remembered concert tour in Japan along with organist Adam Scone. Every year since then, Tsutomu has arranged an annual concert tour of Japan with top musicians from both Japan and the USA.

In 2016 Tsutomu started regular gigs every Wednesday in Brooklyn with Grammy winner Mr. Lonnie Plaxico and Dwayne Cook Broadnax at Myrtle and Gold. His third album “Myrtle and Gold” was released in 2017. Tsutomu led a concert tour as a new album release tour with Lonnie and Cook in Japan in 2017. Tsutomu recorded with Adam Scone in his new album as a side man.

Tsutomu joined Nozomi Takizawa’s New Album release Japan Tour as a music director and guitarist in July 2018 with Lonnie Plaxico, Sullivan Fortner and Dwayne Cook Broadnax. Mr.Nakai also played as a part of the Guitar Masters Series at Zinc Bar in 2018,2019,2020 and most recently, 2023. Mr. Nakai was chosen to collaborate with world renowned inventor and artist Mr. Satoshi Nakagawa, as a part of Mr. Nakagawa’s recent project, “Future Brain Lab.” “Future Brain Lab,” or “FBL,” has been followed closely by Fuji Television Network to document the great journey, which Tsutomu Nakai has been a part of as a music producer/composer, working closely with Mr. Nakagawa to create the appropriate environment for the project documentary while also helping the project along with his music.

Mr. Nakai’s most recent album in December 2022 titled, “Starry Night,” was debuted all over Japan in a successful, national tour alongside recording members, Dwayne Cook Broadnax and Lonnie Plaxico.

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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月にはジンガーNozomi Takizawaのニューアルバムのプロデューサーを任され、ロニー・プラキシコ、サリバンフォートナー等とアルバムを録音する。録音メンバーを引き連れNozomiのニューアルバムジャパンツアーに参加し、各地で大盛況となる。
2018春には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。
2023年 ニューアルバム”Starry Night”をリリース。録音メンバーを引き連れ日本で凱旋ライブを行い各地で話題となる。