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 ...

| Sep 11, 2013

Elephant9

by Sean Smith

So is this your first trip to Japan? Bassist Nikolai Eilertsen: For me, yes, but the other guys in the band have been before with different outfits. You had a real Hammond B3 on stage. You didn’t ship that over, did you? No, no. ...

| Sep 11, 2013

Eric Vloeimans

by Sean Smith

This is your first time at Tokyo Jazz Festival, but not your first visit to Japan. What’s your overall impression? Trumpeter Eric Vloeimans: The audience is really enthusiastic and they’re very polite, and you see that jazz music is very popular here. It seems ...

| Sep 11, 2013

Tres-men

by Sean Smith

Tres-men are made up of percussionist Takahiro “Matzz” Matsuoka, DJ Yoshijiro Sakurai and keyboardist Yusuke Nakamura. Your debut album came out in April, and here we are, five months later at Tokyo Jazz Festival. How did that come about? TM: We got the offer ...

SEPTEMBER LIVE

Aug 28, 2013

SEPTEMBER LIVE

by Satoru Teshima

Students are heading back to school, the fireworks displays are pretty much done and the gyaru (gals) are a lot more tanned. It’s too early to declare an end to summer yet, though. There are still plenty of music festivals and concerts in September ...

From Björk to Kyary, festival season has arrived

Jun 7, 2013

From Björk to Kyary, festival season has arrived

by Mike Sunda

Summer means a lot of things in Japan: stifling heat and humidity, fireworks and the Bon holidays, nagashi-sōmen noodles and chilled barley tea. For music fans though, the season brings a different kind of to-do list: booking cheap train tickets in advance, stocking up ...