Teruo Nakamura Biography
In 1999 Teruo received the 24th Nanri Fumio Award for Excellent achievement in the year 1998 and for exceptional contribution to the development of the Jazz Music in Japan.
Over the last 17 years Teruo has been instrumental in the creation and promotion of AIDS awareness through JAWS (Japanese AIDS Workshop Series). Concerts at NYC Town Hall in 1994 & 1996 featuring Stanley Turrentine, Roy Haynes, & Helen Merrill, Plus yearly shows in Japan at Nihon University, United Nations University, & Atami Bay (attendance 100,000), and many others including the 2009 Mt Fuji Jazz Festival (one of the largest of it’s kind) have helped thousands and made millions aware of the AIDS crisis worldwide.
These are only some of many charitable events that Teruo has produced. In 1991 he produced the Liberty Jazz Festival featuring Roberta Flack along with 8 other groups for Jersey City and Hudson Cradle Inc. (to create a shelter for infants in need of loving care) In 1992, Columbus discovers America 500 year anniversary (same location as above) T.N. received a citation from governor Jim Florio. He has also received citations from the United Nations, Rudolph Giuliani, World Bank, Medicins Du Monde, & several African Ambassadors as well as long standing endorsements from major corporations in Japan including JAL, Yamaha, Avex Group, Nikon, Subaru, & dozens more. In all these and other events Teruo Nakamura not only produced the concerts & performed but also raised all the support capital and financed all events.
He published a book “What Is?” featuring his photography which appears on the album covers. He also has had designed many custom built instruments and endorses many musical instrument companies.