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WorldService Project set to shake up Tokyo Jazz Festival

Sep 1, 2016

WorldService Project set to shake up Tokyo Jazz Festival

The Tokyo Jazz Festival is a varied event, featuring artists of every age and from all corners of the globe. Yet, like most mainstream jazz festivals, the lineups can be somewhat middle of the road, inoffensively safe in a way that keeps more underground ...

| Jan 22, 2015

Tokyo jazz landmark Pit Inn celebrates 50 years

Tokyo is a jazz lover's paradise — only New York can claim to have as many clubs and live houses to choose from. Though, the high-end clubs that pull in the big acts can cost a fortune, populated with patrons who are more interested ...

Makoto Ozone set to step out with his other family

Jan 22, 2015

Makoto Ozone set to step out with his other family

During his years in New York, pianist Makoto Ozone fronted a number of small combos and gigged with such heavyweights as Branford Marsalis, Gary Burton and Christian McBride. But the collaborators he has come back to time and time again are his Japan-based big ...

Vibraphonist Locke to hit all the right notes

Oct 7, 2014

Vibraphonist Locke to hit all the right notes

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 ...