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Yagi Nobuo is one of the finest harmonica players in Japan. Self-taught on the diatonic harmonica from the age of 14, he also studied chromatic harmonica with famous Japanese harmonicist Joe Sakimoto. He started his professional career at the age of 22 as a studio musician. He has recorded his own albums on many labels, and on more than 1000 albums as a sideman with bands and singers including "Southern All Stars", Seiko Matsuda, Yumi Matsutoya, Masahiko Kondou, and "Checkers" to name a few. He has appeared on Japanese TV programmes and composed and played music for TV and films including Takeshi Kitano's famous "Hanabi". He was an original member of the New Orleans-style funk "Roppongi Swamp Band" in the '90s, with Jun Yamagishi, a fine New Orleans-based guitarist. This collaboration led to a New Orleans recording date with Dr. John and Art Neville of the Neville Brothers on the album "Jack of the Blues" in 1992. Yagi's search for musical adventures has led him into collaborations with Lewis Pragasam on his "Asiabeat" project, a ground-breaking fusion session of the '90s, "duelling harp" bands with major blues harpists Chikara and Kotetsu as partners, Latin jazz-funk grooves such as "Mariposa" and, most recently, a duo with a bluesy sanshin (Okinawan lute) player from a remote sub-tropical island, Miyakojima. He likes playing on beaches with the sea and the wind.