Music | JAZZ NOTES 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 ...

Music | JAZZ NOTES Jan 10, 2013

Building off that four-letter word — 'jazz'

by Sean Smith

Something I've noticed recently when browsing the jazz sections of record shops is the proliferation of sub-genres among the Japanese artists. Just hearing the names is enough to get a fan excited about the apparent explosion of creativity. For example, postrock jazz acts such as ...