This one book will make "Yokohama Jazz Promenade" 10 times more fun!
So much jazz tonight
File.9 Big Band Dictionary (Koichi Shibata, author)
Mayuko Shinmura (jazz cafe Chigusa)
Speaking of Yokohama's representative jazz event, "Yokohama Jazz Promenade" will be held in October. Musicians from all over the world gather every time, and the city center of Yokohama is filled with jazz.
Koichi Shibata, who has been the general director for this event for many years, is a genuine hamakko born in the ironworks in Nishi-ku, Yokohama in 1946. By the way, the definition of "hamamakko" is that it is refreshingly positive, has a strong sense of personality, and takes good care. Shibata applies to all of that.
For example, I think it's a sign of "hammer temperament" that young people actively stand on the stage. Even though I have the desire to support young musicians, it is by no means sweet to young people. At first, even if there is a "disciplined" customer who looks at you with disgust, they will be immediately drawn to their performance.
Mr. Shibata was born in 1946, not to mention the turbulent period shortly after the war. The progress of the United States in the center of Yokohama There were military housing, and there were many recreational facilities dedicated to them. The entertainment facility is a club, and the club music of that time is jazz. In the chaotic atmosphere peculiar to a port town, the music played by the big band could be heard here and there, and the town was probably swinging.
It is said that Shibata Shonen, who grew up in such an environment, was fascinated by the good swing jazz and powerful big band.
And this summer, Mr. Shibata published "Big Band Encyclopedia," which introduces 600 bands and 1,300 jazz musicians. It is a masterpiece with 400 pages.
Many jazz musicians from the big to the young rushed to the celebration at the publication party held at the hotel in Naka-ku, Yokohama, and it was very lively.
Shibata-san's personality is the hall that keeps laughing all the time. It is also a promise that the attending members will get mixed up and start the session with one glass. In addition to the last seat, I was able to spend a happy time from the bottom of my heart, saying "I love music and I love jazz."
"Congratulations, I hope it sells," he said with respect, but he returned with the usual tone of "Bakayaro! Urusei!". But immediately after that, he said, "Thank you." He said with a shy smile.
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This year's "Yokohama Jazz Promenade" will be held on October 12th and 13th. Many big bands will appear with the same theme as Shibata's book.
Mr. Shibata's casting jazz by Yokohama Minatomachi. Please come visit and get drunk to your heart's content.
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