'Jazz mecca' Osaka to host star-studded global concert

Apr 22, 2014

'Jazz mecca' Osaka to host star-studded global concert

by Steve McClure

What comes to mind when you think of Osaka? Maybe takoyaki (octopus dumplings), the Hanshin Tigers, Universal Studios Japan, wacky comedy and down-to-earth, unpretentious people. Osaka wants to add jazz to that list. The city has scored a coup by being chosen by UNESCO ...

August Live

Jul 24, 2013

August Live

by Natasha Vik

For those people who can’t take time off work for any of this month’s major music festivals, there are still plenty of options for live music across the country. In particular, this month promises some great gigs for jazz enthusiasts. At the start of ...

| Jul 10, 2013

Nothing beats a Hammond B3

by Sean Smith

This month started with a trip to Cotton Club in Tokyo’s Marunouchi district to see the trio Aquapit play a gig to promote their new album “Orange.” Before the show even started, something caught my attention: Occupying center stage was a vintage Hammond B3 ...

| May 9, 2013

Female jazz acts are the real Cool Japan

by Sean Smith

One of the highlights of my Golden Week this year was a concert by the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Jazz Orchestra at Blue Note in Tokyo. Reuniting her big band for the first time in a decade, Akiyoshi rolled back the clock with a superb ...