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For Frank Spignese's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Charles Lloyd: 'Looking for the one note that can say it all'

Music Aug 29, 2019

Charles Lloyd: 'Looking for the one note that can say it all'

Few musicians in any era, in any genre, have had such lengthy and varied creative journeys as saxophonist Charles Lloyd. The longevity of his 60-year career is honorable enough, but the unpredictability of his path and the ebb and flow of his musical ideas ...

WorldService Project set to shake up Tokyo Jazz Festival

Music 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 ...

Music | JAZZ NOTES 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 ...