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James Catchpole

James Catchpole is a Brooklyn, New York native, 15-year resident of Tokyo. Runs the website www.tokyojazzsite.com documenting the hidden jazz scene in Tokyo. Writes for The Japan Times and GaijinPot website.

For James Catchpole's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Yume-Goto shows how Kagawa rocks (literally) on stage

Nov 15, 2012

Yume-Goto shows how Kagawa rocks (literally) on stage

Growing up in a village in Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku, Masashi Tomikawa never thought twice about the geology of his surroundings. The volcanic rocks that surrounded him, however, are now part of the drummer’s arsenal of sound. “In my village the ...

Tokyo Jazz Festival grabs Ornette Coleman for headlining spot

Aug 31, 2012

Tokyo Jazz Festival grabs Ornette Coleman for headlining spot

Note: A week after the publication of this article, Tokyo Jazz Festival organizers announced Ornette Coleman will not come to Japan due to poor health. Jazz fans in Tokyo are already a lucky bunch, but when the Tokyo Jazz Festival (TJF) announced Ornette Coleman ...

Wi-Fi, Facebook and all that jazz

May 24, 2012

Wi-Fi, Facebook and all that jazz

Fumito Fukuchi, owner and proprietor of Kissa Sakaiki jazz cafe in Tokyo’s central Yotsuya neighborhood, grins as he puts the finishing touches to an online schedule. Up this month are some live performances, but also on the menu are calligraphy lessons, photography exhibitions, record-listening ...

When it comes to technique, Ozone says, 'Go West'

Jan 12, 2012

When it comes to technique, Ozone says, 'Go West'

In 1956, pianist and band leader Toshiko Akiyoshi made the brave decision to leave Japan and enter the Berklee College of Music in Boston. As a young Asian woman embarking on a career in jazz, she was a novelty back then. She persevered and ...

Tokyo Jazz Festival plays to a plethora of tastes

Aug 26, 2011

Tokyo Jazz Festival plays to a plethora of tastes

Jazz is always progressing. When the first jazz cafes began appearing in Yokohama around 100 years ago, nobody could have imagined the world they’d be a part of. Bebop and blues, tap dancers and turntables — the essential ingredients of the genre have evolved, ...