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Sean Smith

Sean Smith writes the Tokyo Jazz Notes blog, covering new releases and gigs from the jazz, funk and crossover scene. He has lived in Japan since 1997.

For Sean Smith's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Tokyo Jazz Festival impresses again

| Sep 9, 2014

Tokyo Jazz Festival impresses again

Sitting in a muddy field is taken as par for the course, and possibly even part of the attraction, at major summer festivals like Fuji Rock. But rain would certainly have put a damper on any jazz festival set in the heart of the ...

Jaga Jazzist brings the sound of Oslo to Tokyo Jazz Festival

Sep 4, 2014

Jaga Jazzist brings the sound of Oslo to Tokyo Jazz Festival

Trying to slot artists into specific trends, genres and an ever-expanding number of subgenres is a constant obsession for meticulous music fans looking to define what they’re listening to. Journalists categorize, sometimes to the dismay of the bands they’re covering, to make things simpler ...

| Mar 11, 2014

New acts see good results off the beaten path

Jazz is a form of music that was born out of live performance, and fans in Japan are certainly spoiled for choice when it comes to places to see jazz gigs. With that blessing of choice, however, comes a catch. There’s an argument that ...

| Feb 11, 2014

If it ain't got that swing, it's still jazz

Looking back on 2013, I think some of the strongest jazz releases I heard were from young people in the industry. I know, it’s a bit too far into the new year to be retrospective, but it has led me to consider the possibility ...

Ai Kuwabara tops favorites list for year in jazz

| Dec 10, 2013

Ai Kuwabara tops favorites list for year in jazz

For the final Jazz Notes column of the year I met up with writer, blogger and presenter of InterFM’s “OK Jazz” show James Catchpole to talk about the year in jazz at Eddie’s Lounge in Tokyo’s Arakawa Ward. It’s run by our mutual friend, ...