Immerse yourself in jazz tonight
File.9 Big Band Encyclopedia (written by Koichi Shibata)
Mayuko Niimura (Chigusa, a jazz cafe)
The representative jazz event in Yokohama is the "Yokohama Jazz Promenade" to be held in October. Every time, so many musicians from home and abroad gather, and the center of Yokohama is dyed with jazz.
Koichi Shibata, who has been the general director of this event for many years, is a genuine addict born in 1946 at an ironworks in Nishi-ku, Yokohama. By the way, the definition of "Hamakko" is refreshing, positive, kind-hearted, and caring. Mr. Shibata applies to all of them.
For example, I think it is a sign of "Hamakko temperament" to actively put young people on the big stage. Although I have a desire to support young musicians, it is by no means sweet to young musicians. Even if there are "savvy" customers who are skeptical at first, they will be drawn into their performances in no time.
It goes without saying that Mr. Shibata was born in 1946, a turbulent period shortly after the war. In the center of Yokohama, there were American military housing, and there were many entertainment facilities dedicated to them. Amusement facilities are clubs, and club music at that time was jazz. In the chaotic atmosphere peculiar to the port town, the music played by the big band could be heard here and there, and the whole town would have been swinging.
Shibata, who grew up in such an environment, was fascinated by swing jazz and a powerful big band.
And this summer, Mr. Shibata published the "Big Band Dictionary", which introduces 600 bands and 1,300 jazz musicians. It's a 400-page masterpiece.
At the publication commemorative party held at a hotel in Naka-ku, Yokohama, many jazz musicians, from big names to young people, rushed to the celebration and were very busy.
The venue where laughter is constant from beginning to end is Mr. Shibata's personality itself. We promise that the attending members will get mixed up and start the session with a glass in one hand. In addition to the last seat, I was able to spend a happy time from the bottom of my heart, saying, "Music is good, jazz is good."
"Congratulations, I hope it sells," he said with respect, but he returned with the usual tone, "Bakayaro! Uruse!". But immediately after that, he said "Thank you". He said with a shy smile.
This year's "Yokohama Jazz Promenade" will be held for two days on October 12th and 13th. Many big bands will appear with the theme of Mr. Shibata's book.
Jazz in the port city of Yokohama, cast by Mr. Shibata. Please come visit us and get drunk to your heart's content.