Born in Tokyo, Genzo moved to Italy at the age of twenty, where he studied classical saxophone at the Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia and jazz saxophone at the Conservatorio di Musica “Santa Cecilia” di Roma. Moving to the Netherlands, he obtained bachelor’s degree in jazz saxophone at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. During this period he founded his own group Okabe Family and released his first album as a leader, Okabe Family (O.A.P. Records, 2013), in which he demonstrated his insights in composition and arrangements as well as a unique sense of creativity. Having accomplished his master’s degree in Jazz Saxophone at the above-mentioned conservatory in 2014, Genzo re-interpreted and incorporated the essence of old pre-jazz music into new contemporary sound in his second album, Second Line. The feedback of Second Line was extremely positive and in 2016, his project was selected for the Young VIP’s Tour. In this occasion, Genzo released his third album “Disoriental” from Challenge Records International receiving once again great responses from audience and critics.
Okabe Family formed as a group in 2009 in The Netherlands, which is considered to be one of Europe’s leading countries in regards to arts and culture. The group has been playing regularly around The Netherlands since its inception. The formation of the band is that of a traditional acoustic jazz quartet, however, the group has made a goal out of pushing the boundaries of what such a group can accomplish in terms of sound and complexity of texture. In February 2013 Okabe Family released their first album on Dutch label O.A.P. Records. Following a CD release tour in the Netherlands, Okabe Family played a larger, seventeen-day tour of Japan in October and November of 2013. Okabe Family released their second album, Second Line (O.A.P. Records), in July 2014, which was based on Okabe’s research about reinterpreting ‘good and old jazz’ and incorporating it into new contemporary music during his master degree at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 2017 Okabe Family released its third album, Disoriental (Challenge Records International), after being selected to take part of the Young VIP’s Tour, which awards rising artists in original jazz music and performed at the most renowned venues in Holland such as Bimhuis, LantarenVenster, TivoliVredenburg (Transition Festival) etc. After achieving great responses during Japan tour in October of the same year (Pit-inn, Body & Soul, Motion Blue Yokohama, Mister Kelly’s and so on), the band will tour also in Italy and Germany in the first half of 2018.
In October 2017, I had an opportunity to talk about myself on an online radio show called Tokyo Jazz Map with an American DJ, James Catchpole. You can listen to the show from here: https://www.jjazz.net/programs/tokyo-jazz-map/16-genzo-okabe.php 2017年10月にジェームス・キャッチポールがDJを務めるインターネットラジオ番組に出演しました。自分自身のことやヨーロッパのジャズについてなど日本語と英語を混ぜながら話しています。リンク：https://www.jjazz.net/programs/tokyo-jazz-map/16-genzo-okabe.php.
My interview held at Pit Inn Shinjuku in October 2017 is available on the 1st volume of Jazz Hihyo (2018年1月号／201号 ). Special thanks go to Mr. Hoshi (interviewer) and Tokyo M Plus. 2017年10月新宿ピットインで行われたインタビューがジャズ批評2018年1月号／201号 に掲載されました。ジャズ批評の星さん、Tokyo M Plusの方々に感謝します。 http://www.jazzhihyo.com/magazines.html.
My website has been updated and now it’s easier to access with smartphones and tablets! ウェブサイトを更新しました。スマホやタブレットでも見やすくなりましたので、ぜひご覧ください！.