Jam sessions

Jam sessions are the sweaty workout of the jazz world, where musicians go to pump up and get in shape. It’s a classroom, too, where aspiring players can get their lessons and take their lumps. While most professional musicians graduate from these sessions, most nights, after the clubs close, the pros still gather to jam.

Tokyo has many, many jam sessions, many of them unadvertised and hard to find. As it has always been, the inner world of jazz can be slightly secretive, and even more so in a city like Tokyo, where it is hard to find places even when you do know where you are going. Rest assured, though, all kinds of late night spaces open up their space to opening up the music. The jazz world needs these like the earth needs its forests—they generate a lot of musical oxygen.

Below are a few of the best known jam sessions, but anyone reading this who knows of others should send me an email and I’ll add it to the list. Be forewarned that some jam sessions do charge an entry fee and others are organized by level. Times change, though, so anyone with instrument in hand should check the websites closely for the latest listings. I’ve listed them by days of the week, but holidays and special sessions often take priority. Sessions start around 7 or 8 unless otherwise noted.

 

 

Sunday

Half Tone, Tachikawa, www007.upp.so-net.ne.jp/halftone/

Intro, Takadanobaba, http://jazzspot.intro.co.jp/

KoKo, Shibuya, www3.point.ne.jp/~ko-ko/

Giee, Kokubunji, http://giee.jp/ (not every Sunday)

Somethin’, Ikebukuro, http://www.somethinjazz.com/jp/

 

Monday

Four & More, Iriya, http://www.geocities.jp/fo_and_mo/fourandmore/

Meg, Kichijoji, http://www.meg-jazz.com/

 

Tuesday

Four & More, Iriya, http://www.geocities.jp/fo_and_mo/fourandmore/

Giee, Kokubunji, http://giee.jp/ (not every Tuesday)

Half Tone, Tachikawa, www007.upp.so-net.ne.jp/halftone/

Intro, Takadanobaba, http://jazzspot.intro.co.jp/

 

Wednesday

Giee, Kokubunji, http://giee.jp/ (not every Wednesday)

Independence, Ikebukuro, http://jazz-independence.com/frameset.htm (1st W)

Intro, Takadanobaba, http://jazzspot.intro.co.jp/

KoKo, Shibuya, www3.point.ne.jp/~ko-ko/

Somethin’, Ikebukuro, http://www.somethinjazz.com/jp/

 

Thursday

Four & More, Iriya, http://www.geocities.jp/fo_and_mo/fourandmore/

Half Tone, Tachikawa, www007.upp.so-net.ne.jp/halftone/

Intro, Takadanobaba, http://jazzspot.intro.co.jp/

Manhattan, Asagaya, www.ateliermw.com/manhattan

 

Friday

Cotton Club, Takadanobaba, http://tb.cafecottonclub.com/

Four & More, Iriya, http://www.geocities.jp/fo_and_mo/fourandmore/

Intro, Takadanobaba, http://jazzspot.intro.co.jp/ (All night jam session from 23:00)

Somethin’, Ikebukuro, http://www.somethinjazz.com/jp/

 

Saturday

Half Tone, Tachikawa, www007.upp.so-net.ne.jp/halftone/

Intro, Takadanobaba, http://jazzspot.intro.co.jp/ (All night jam session)

Manhattan, Asagaya, www.ateliermw.com/manhattan (from 01:00 a.m.)

Somethin’, Ikebukuro, http://www.somethinjazz.com/jp/

Unamas, Mitaka, http://www.unamas.jp/info0.htm (not every Saturday)

 


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CONTACT

Michael Pronko

1-5-17 Higashi-cho
Koganei, Tokyo
184-0011 JAPAN
Phone/Fax: 0423-87-7066


〒184-0011
東京都小金井市
東町1-5-17
Michael Pronko
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