Kozo Suganuma, a drummer who has made a name for himself not only in Japan but also in the world, died on November 8th due to the percussion of him, who has the nickname King of Hands and makes full use of his abundant hands / feet. 62 years. The statement posted by Kozo’s daughter and drummer SATOKO on their website and SNS is as follows.
We support many artists with unique percussion that makes use of refined technique and we train many of the best professionals who will lead the next generation as instructors. Mr. Kozo was instrumental in the development of the drum scene in Asia and Japan. We pray for souls from the bottom of my heart.
Kozo Suganuma was born in Osaka, Japan, and started playing drums at the age of eight. He became a professional drummer at the age of 15 and completed many studio recordings, concert tours and conferences. Kozo Suganuma Drum Dojo is located in six locations that Kozo operates in Japan.
He continues to publish various techniques, books and instructional DVDs on how to write drums and percussion. He worked passionately as a clinician and participated in drum and jazz festivals and clinics in Japan and many other countries.
Kozo has worked with David Garibaldi, Billy Cobham, Dave Weckel, Sonny Emory, Steve Jordan, Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Simon Phillips, Benny Grebe, Tommy Eagle, Peter Erskine, Russ Miller and other top drummers have collaborated. In 2014, he performed at “Montreux Jazz Festival 2014”, one of the world’s largest jazz festivals in Switzerland. In 2014, he performed at the “2014 Drum Music Summit” at the Beijing Drummer Festival.