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Yokohama's Jazz History and Present

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Jazz has played an important role in the cultural history of Yokohama.

There are currently nearly 40 spots in the Noge-Isezakicho-Kannai area where you can enjoy live jazz performances, and there are still “jazz cafes” that have been developed in Japan and still remain. It's rare in the world to have so many jazz-related shops in a small area, and there are some overseas musicians who are surprised that they only know about New York and have more than New York.

Noge Hondori at night circa 1953

Noge Hondori at night, circa 1953 (Source: Yokohama album 150th anniversary Yokohama )

The first jazz record was recorded in the United States in 1917. The first jazz performance in Yokohama was performed in 1925 (Taisho 14). Japan's oldest jazz café, Chigusa, opened in Noge in 1933. Modern jazz giants such as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Sony Rollins, and John Coltrane began to flourish in the United States in the 1940s and 50s, so there was a jazz base in Yokohama before Miles . You can see how the Yokohama jazz scene has adopted foreign cultures by utilizing the advantages of the port town since the time when the communications infrastructure was not developed as in the present age.

Yokohama Jazz Promenade ” held in October every year will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017 as a town development festival that also serves as regional promotion. HIf you buy a ket, you can listen to all-day jazz performances in more than 50 places, such as concert halls, jazz clubs, and street corner live shows. It is said that the occupancy rate of the rental bicycle “baybike” in the Minato Mirai area is the largest in one year. There are many jazz fans who run around the city on rental bicycles. According to Mr. Hiroshi Tsuruoka, Executive Committee Chairman, the number of jazz clubs that had initially been only four in the past 25 years has increased to the current number.

Yokohama Jazz Promenade ” started a mutual partnership in partnership with the Detroit Jazz Festival, which has a 39-year history, last year, before the 25th anniversary. A jazz competition that uncovers young artists and Akihiro Nishiguchi sax trio, who won the championship, has decided to appear in the Detroit Jazz Festival this September. Also, in October, young people who won the Detroit side competition will come to Japan and appear in Yokohama Jazz Promenade. As the port city of Yokohama, further internationalization is planned.

JP16 1009 Red Brick Warehouse No. 1 Chris Collins (sax) and the Detroit All-stars (c) YJP (Photo: crew accompanied)

JP16 1009 Red Brick Warehouse No. 1 Chris Collins (sax) and the Detroit All-stars (c) YJP (Photo: crew accompanied)

The “Asahi Jazz Festival” held in Asahi Ward is also known as one of the leading jazz festivals in the Yokohama area. There is also a “Valentine Concert” in the winter, and “Yokohama”It is the same as “JAZZ PROMENADE”. In addition, there are many other events that attract customers by their own projects such as “Jazz de Bon Odori” in Noge district.

Of course, there are many local jazz musicians in Yokohama. Throughout the year, jazz musicians from all over the country visit the clubs in Yokohama. There are many styles of jazz, but you can listen to any jazz in Yokohama.

Modern jazz is diversified, and Robert Glasper is the leading new style born from the interaction with hip hop and pop black music, but musicians in Yokohama inherit more traditional and traditional jazz styles. a lot of people. In the United States, the jazz center of New York mixes traditional styles with the latest styles. In Detroit, which is a local city, the traditional style is as good as in Yokohama. Canada's Montreal, close to the United States, also has a large city festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, but is conservative. Given that, except for the cutting-edge New York, the jazz festivals in local cities are likely to be popular in traditional styles, with the general image of “jazz”.