'78,'98,'99,01'年渡米。井上 智(Gt)、ケイコ･リー､HARMAN FOSTER、JIMMIE SMITH､JUNIOR MANCE,BARRY HARRIS, JIMMY SCOTT,EARL MAY.CHARLES THOMPSON.JIMMY SLIDE .AL GRAYなどと共演。
ペンタトニックレコードより「DREAMIN'」「RHAPSODY」米オリジンレコードより｢GREAT TIME｣,｢WITH BARRY HARRIS TRIO｣などのリーダー作を発表している｡
現在、首都圏のJazz clubにて活動中。2000年春 ジャズシンガーJIMMY SCOTT来日公演で共演。タップダンサーJIMMY SLIDEの 来日公園でも共演している。サックス教本はほとんどがベストセラー。サックスレッスン,フルートのレッスン も行っている。
Yoshiyuki Yamanaka first started seriously
playing the tenor saxophone while in college.
Over the past several years, he has played with some finest jazz musicians--e.g.Keiko Lee, Barry Harris,Jimmie Smith, Jimmy Scott, Harman Foster,Earl May and others--and has toured NYC('78,'98,and'99',01) with gigs at some jazz clubs. His releases on album/CD from Pentatonic Records and Origin Record include the much respected "Blue Rouse","Here's the Song" and the better known "Dreamin'",and "Great Time" which was selected as the fourth best album in the reader's popularity vote for Swing Journal '97. He was selected as the third best tenor saxophonist in the same vote in '99.
Behind the his success story, he has put much effort to develop and establish
his music style. He first tried to emulate John Coltrane as many tenor
Finally, he has established his own warm and cool music style.
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