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The beginning of summer is with the start of the primary selection for the Chigusa Award!

Jazzz Café CHIGUSA 

Jazz soaking in tonight
File.2 New face excavation "Chigusa Award" of jazz world
(Akiko Shinmura / Jazz Cafe Chigusa)

2013. Jazz Cafe Chigusa established CHIGUSA Records to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its founder, Mamoru Yoshida. At the same time, it was the Chigusa Award, which discovers and commends talented newcomers once a year, inheriting Mamoru Yoshida's desire to bring up young jazz musicians in Japan.

The Chigusa Award may be the sixth year's young competition, with many years of jazz competition throughout the country. However, in the purpose of the establishment, there is a respect for the extraordinary jazz by Yoshida Mamoru and a hot support story for young musicians.

After the war, the troops in Yokohama rushed to Yokohama, and a number of US military facilities were built in the town. At the same time, jazz has become a big boom, and young Japanese players playing in camps and nightclubs are rapidly increasing. Always on the latest hot Chigusa that had purchased the record, that the band man gang to visit, had become a hangout.
Soon there will be fewer US clubs, and Japan's bandman's performance work will gradually decline. Jazz from home America As Japanese came to visit Japan one after another, the playing places of Japanese players were gradually limited.
It was a very difficult time for young Japanese jazz men who want to learn more about the nature of jazz and want to pursue their own sounds.

Meanwhile, continue to attend young and obscure players is to Chigusa, many hours also listened to the sound of the record, it is Mamoru Yoshida had seen a figure which strive committed to playing, or looking for a concert hall, such as the launch of the concert, the something troublesome I saw it. It might be that he kept himself chasing a dream with a young and serious musician who devoted himself to jazz. It was said that "a strange person," "stubborn oyaji," and "not up!", But it is no exaggeration to say that dedicated activities have become the cornerstone of Japanese jazz development.
These passions and love are inherited, and it is the Chigusa Award that has been shaped.

The winners so far are the first (FY2013) female vocalist Mari Kanamoto, the second (2014) bassist Endo Sei, the third (FY2015) fruitist Erika Ogawa, the fourth (April 2016) Male vocalist Akira Wada, 5th (April 2017) pianist Chiba Takehiro produced five people. Both are talented young jazz musicians full of talent after the award. If Mamoru Yoshida was alive, he would be happy to say that.
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The recruitment for the 6th primary screening has started from July 1st. The second round will be held live and will be held in October at Jazz Spot Dollfie.

If you think "I am" in your passion for jazz, please apply.

* Below is the details of the Chigusa Award

  • Place
    Jazzz Café CHIGUSA

    Founded in 1933. One of the oldest jazz cafes in Japan. Since its founding, Mamoru Yoshida, who was the founder, has been making "a store to listen to sounds" and is deeply involved not only as a jazz cafe owner but also as a planner and guardian in Yokohama's music scene, whose life is last Continued to be with jazz until. It is currently operated as a general foundation.

    • Shop / Place name
      Jazz Cafe Chigusa
    • Address
      2-94 Nogecho Naka-ku Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
    • TEL
    • Business Hour
      【Tue-Sat】 12: 00〜22: 00 【Sun ・ Mon】 12: 00〜18: 00
    • Service
    • Total number of seats
      20 seats