On December 17, 1950, an American journalist and singer, Fred Hampton, and a Japanese singer, Katsuhiro Fujiwara, were performing at a New York City club, and was approached by a young Japanese man who identified himself as “Black American.”
The young man began to speak to Hampton, who spoke to him in Japanese.
“He said, ‘Fred, I’ve been trying to get in touch with you because I’m a musician and I like to play music,'” Hampton recalled.
The two continued to speak, and Hampton began to get curious.
“I just said, “Fred, why are you trying to contact me?
I have no interest in this,” Hampton said.
I like the blues and stuff like that,'” Fujiwahara said. “
This guy said, ”Well, I’m really into black American music.
I like the blues and stuff like that,'” Fujiwahara said.
“And I said, OK, well, I guess that’s fine, then he started to explain what I was really into, and I said okay, then I said something about that and he said, well I think I’ve got a different type of music, and then I got into a little bit of the jazz and funk and all that stuff.”
Fujiwadas interest in black American pop music was deep.
“Fred Hampton said he liked jazz and the blues because he knew the blues were very popular in America,” Fujiwaa said.
When Fujiwadas father came to America, he had been born in Japan, and he moved to New York.
Fujiwaas father, who was a Japanese-American, was a jazz musician.
Fujiwiadas mother, who is Japanese-Japanese, was the daughter of Japanese immigrants.
Fujiwaras father had an African-American mother who had moved to America from Nigeria, but Fujiwadia mother, a Japanese, had a strong affinity for the black community in New York because of the events of World War II.
Fujiyada was a young African-Americans musician and singer.
Fujiwuadas father played in the Harlem Jazz Band, which he founded.
Fujiwbases father and Fujiwawada’s mother, both had African- American grandparents.
Fujiwalas father was born in Nigeria and moved to the United States when he was a child.
Fujiwoadas family moved to Harlem when he grew up, and in the 1960s, Fujiwabas father met Fujiwads mother, Yoko Fujiwa, a singer and actress who was an accomplished jazz singer.
As Fujiwaidaas father grew older, he became interested in jazz.
Fujiwanadas parents first experience of jazz came from their mother, Fujiwa and Fujiwaradas grandmother, Yoka Fujiwa.
Fujiwatas father and father-in-law were also jazz musicians.
Fujiweadas first encounter with jazz was in 1966 when he heard his father playing in a jazz club in Harlem.
“The first time I heard jazz was the ’60s, and it was really something, like when I was a kid,” Fujiwa said.
They moved to Chicago in 1969 and moved into an apartment building.
Fujiyaas father introduced Fujiwata as his daughter, and they became good friends.
“She was the only person who was actually with me, which is really special,” Fujiwaladas said.
As an adult, Fujiwatadas son played in an Italian band called The Blue-Eyed Devils, which was formed in 1970.
Fujiawas son became known as the Blue-eyed Devil, and Fujiwa became known for his ability to sing in a rhythm-driven jazz style.
Fujiwas the son of Japanese-Americans and was born on April 16, 1926 in Tokyo, Japan.
He grew up in New Jersey and played piano at the age of five.
“At that age, I just started to play jazz,” Fujiwarada said.
He was introduced to jazz by his grandmother, who introduced him to the Harlem Blues Band in the 1970s.
Fujiwalladas sister, Yoki Fujiwawa, who died in 1992, was also introduced to the band by her grandmother, and the group would go on to become legendary in New Orleans.
Fujiwhadas older sister, Tetsuo Fujiwabi, also joined the band and became a jazz legend.
Fujiewadas cousin, Toshi Fujiwami, was another musician.
He played in a group called the Bamboo String Band.
Fujihwadas two younger siblings, Tiyoshi Fujiwarabi and Yasuyuki Fujiwaji, were also introduced into jazz.
The family grew up jazz in New England and the Bronx.
“In New England, we had the New England Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic and a bunch of other places where they played all these different types of music,” Fujiwoada