'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 ...

| 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 ...

The first lady of Japanese jazz comes home

Apr 25, 2013

The first lady of Japanese jazz comes home

by Sean Smith

For Japanese jazz musicians these days, going to the United States to further mastery of the genre is a much-pursued rite of passage. This route has enabled a number of acts to gain international recognition and success.