TOKYO, JA­PAN

Distinguished Magazine - - ARTS & CULTURE -

This city might seem to be an odd one when Jazz is men­tioned, but the peo­ple here have their minds and hearts full of Jazz. In fact, Ja­pan is said to be one of the largest mar­kets for Jazz af­ter USA and France. In­tro­duced by the Amer­i­cans in the USA- oc­cu­pied Philip­pines in 1920, Jazz has been ac­cepted by Ja­pan with open arms.

Tokyo, is home to the in­ter­na­tion­ally fa­mous Blue Note Club, show­cas­ing some of the best of Amer­i­can jazz artists, along with their own home-grown tal­ents, in a so­phis­ti­cated en­vi­ron­ment filled with nos­tal­gia. Artists like Wouter Hamel, Maceo Parker, Her­bie Han­cock, Hans and Candy Dulfer, Tri­jn­tje Ooster­huis, Doc­tor John and oth­ers have been revered here. Apart from Jazz hotspots such as this, the city hosts the Tokyo Jazz Fes­ti­val every year which is mak­ing its Jazz cul­ture boom.

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