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.