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Tom Harrell

Tom Harrell

One of the most intriguing and consistently inventive trumpeters, Tom Harrell is bringing a great group of younger musicians with him on this tour of Japan. »

Kaki King

Kaki King

A brilliant guitarist who is not afraid to add the occasional electronic flourish, Kaki King is a great performer. »

Boozy Muse

Boozy Muse

One of the most sleek and elegant clubs in the city, the Boozy Muse is a genuine escape into a fully considered jazz space. »

Apple Jump

Apple Jump

Apple Jump is an easy place to like. Unpretentious in design, its simple, focused and box-like interior is all that is needed. »

Cholet-Känzig-Papaux Trio

Cholet-Känzig-Papaux Trio

The opening act of Hayashi and Fujimoto was an impeccable, lush duo of acoustic music. Their set was interrupted by a huge earthquake that stopped them in the middle of a song, with everyone stood up deciding whether to evacuate or not. »

Dojo

Dojo

At the height of intense improvising during Dojo’s recent live gig, one of the strings on the koto broke, adding an unpredictable tone and a surprising moment. Frankly, though, it was a surprise only one string broke during the evening. »

Mark Tourian MT6

Mark Tourian MT6

Mark Tourian’s sextet is a straight-ahead group that plays what can only be called perfect jazz. That might sound off-putting, since the rough and dirty edges of jazz are often its appeal. »

Babshad Jazz Quartet

Babshad Jazz Quartet

Calling out tunes from her 100-plus playbook, Barbara Hadenfeldt took the stage and took control over the audience’s heart. Her singing is old school, and beautifully so. »

Whiplash

Whiplash

Of course, there are documentaries, biopics, teaching videos, jazz as background music, but almost no films that get into the inner, demanding dynamics of jazz. Unlike most jazz films, which often end up records of performances or historical fact-listing, “Whiplash” goes right into the pain of jazz. »

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