In April 1998, a
piano bar named "INDIGO" was opened in a corner of Nishi-Azabu.
Eriko Ohara and
her closest friend Yumiko Tsuzuki were the young co-owner of the
extremely luxurious place. The members of the quartette #4 with
no name at that time helped the finishing of the brand new bar
as close friends of both ladies and as regular customers/supporters
to be, except Shigeo Kurimoto who left the country for his overseas
business assignment missed the inauguration party and privilege
to enjoy the place as one of the regular customers by only a few
days gap of schedule, however Shigeo Kurimoto was comfortable
enough as he had been very well informed of what is going on in
INDIGO by E-mail bulletin on day-to-day basis.
Later the collection
of all bulletin was made into a thick book!!
As Beethoven became
unwell a while ago the piano accompaniment and arrangement for
the group had been undertaken by Eriko Ohara, resident pianist
and co-owner of the bar and the group deemed her as musical director.
Or it would be better say the group's musical director opened
her own Piano bar with her friends. The three guys started their
training regularly in INDIGO. The other customers of the bar began
to recognize those three guys as a group of regular customers
but very unique or odd as they are always sitting around piano
played by Eriko Ohara and sing jazz tunes in chorus.
As they had no name
the customers who want to listen to their chorus they had no choice
but request "usual chorus by ojisans". Four guys at
the end of the day got used to what the other customers call the
group and took it as their name - "THE OZ SONS" - not
The Sons of Wizard OZ which is bit too smart for them, while "THE
ODD SOUNDS" is too honest. One of the members said "THE
OZ SOUNDS" may be right name but finally they took the direct
word of the other customers straight away.
Actually the group
got the name "THE OZ SONS" only in November 1999 till
that time they needed no name as nobody cared their name but an
invitation to the concert stage of The Three Graces suddenly put
them in need of their own name. Another amateur chorus group was
invited as well for the stage. Their name is "THE DANDIES
FOUR"!!. They loved to say "Name? Who cares" but
this time they have to care complaining "Then how Three Graces
could introduce us on stage? "A chorus group of three old
men usually singing/drinking - drinking/singing - whichever they
like - in a piano bar" following the announcement of three
smart words "THE DANDIES FOUR" ??" They made up
their mind to have a name leaving the big difference between the
two groups. THE DANDIES FOUR had four sets of tuxedo for each,
while pity "THE OZ SONS" finally got name but no uniform
wear for the stage. Still they have got none at all even today.
What THE OZ SONS
has and the others may not is their own decent studio equipped
with full digital machine for exclusive use. That must be the
thing "THE OZ SONS" care but not clothing. Quite recently
THE OZ SONS got four pieces of bow-tie!! - a big change.