Robot jazz singer serenades audience in Tokyo

Oct 23, 2014

Robot jazz singer serenades audience in Tokyo

by Kazuaki Nagata

Who says you need soul to sing jazz? A humanoid robot vocalist was the centerpiece of an ensemble serenading onlookers at the Marunouchi Building near Tokyo Station on Wednesday. Viewed from a distance, the band looked like a regular quartet. Up close, the alluring ...

Vibraphonist Locke to hit all the right notes

Oct 7, 2014

Vibraphonist Locke to hit all the right notes

by Frank Spignese

The vibraphone is one of the more unique instruments to infiltrate jazz. A holy mash-up of the piano and the percussive, it’s the duck-billed platypus of musical instrumentation. In terms of cool, it’s unfairly lodged somewhere between the tuba and the clarinet. Its old-school ...

Tokyo Jazz Festival impresses again

| Sep 9, 2014

Tokyo Jazz Festival impresses again

by Sean Smith

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

by Sean Smith

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 ...

'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 ...