He just wants to be close to you, and to get close to Maxi Priest all you have to do is visit a couple of jazz clubs in Tokyo in early July.

The British reggae singer, who scored hits in the late 1980s and early ’90s on both sides of the Atlantic, brings his R&B-infused brand of pop music, along with his vocalist son, Marvin, and his band, to the Cotton Club and Blue Note Tokyo for five nights. Now 49, Priest is far removed from his chart-topping days, but with his extensive touring schedule, he has concentrated his energies on creating an exciting, dance-friendly evening of entertainment in any setting.

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