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Enjoy jazz at the New Year's JAZZ BAR in Kanagawa

年末年始ジャズを楽しむ 神奈川のJAZZ BAR

Tips for beginners to jazz bars

Don't worry if you're a beginner and think that jazz bars are too intimidating. Nowadays, if you search online, you'll find many websites with advice for beginners to jazz bars, so you can easily get the information you need.

For example, information about the pricing system (MC (music charge) and TC (table charge)), what to wear, what time to go, where to sit, etc.

Jazz has a wide variety of styles, from calm to up-tempo. It's one thing to learn the standards, but it's also good to choose something you like. It's also good to watch live jazz performances on YouTube for reference. If you find a performer you like, you can check out their blog.

The more you learn about it, the more you'll be captivated by its charm and want to hear the real thing. After all, nothing beats a live performance! Be sure to visit a jazz bar.

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Yokohama area

Windjammer - Countdown LIVE -

Date and time: December 31 (Sat) 19:00 start
Cast: Akira Imada (P), Hironobu Kayama (B), Hiroyuki Nakaya (Ds), Toru Minagawa (Sax)
Fee: MC¥600 +TC +foods&drinks
address 215 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Japan Toraku Building 1F and 2F
access: Approximately 7 minutes walk from Ishikawacho Station on the JR Negishi Line
About 15 minutes walk from Kannai Station on the Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line
10 minutes walk from Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minatomirai Line
TEL: 045-662-3966

BARBARBAR - Seiichi Nakamura Special Quartet presents a year-end live show!

Date and time: December 28th (Wednesday) 19:30 start
Cast: Seiichi Nakamura (Sax), CJKim (Gt), Hiroyuki Yamamoto (Bs), Takayuki Koizumi (Ds)
Fee: MC¥2,500 +TC¥500
address Yokohama City Naka Ward Aioicho 1-25 Wakaba Transport Building 1st and 2nd floor
access: About 5 minutes walk from JR Kannai Station
About 5 minutes walk from Nihon Odori Station on the Minatomirai Line
TEL: 045-662-0493

Jazz is - Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, Kunimitsu Inaba, and Toshio Osumi LIVE –

Date and time: December 28th (Wednesday) 19:00 open / 20:00 start
Cast: Tsuyoshi Yamamoto (P), Kunimitsu Inaba (B), Hisao Osumi (D)
Fee: MC: ¥1,000~ ※¥1,000 entry fee required
address Yokohama City, Naka Ward, Aioi-cho 1-6 Takasaka Building 1F
access: About 4 minutes walk from Kannai Station on the Municipal Subway Blue Line
Approximately 3 minutes walk from Nihon Odori Station on the Minatomirai Line
TEL: 045-711-6025(Daytime)
045-681-5415 (night)

Kamimachi 63 - Ryosuke Hashizume, Taihei Asakawa, Keisuke Furuki LIVE –

Date and time: December 27th (Tuesday) 19:30 open
Cast: Ryosuke Hashizume (Ts), Taihei Asakawa (Pf), Keisuke Furuki (B)
Fee: MC: ¥3,000 (tax not included) *1 drink order required / Students: ¥2,500 (tax not included) *1 drink included, student ID required
address Trust One Building B1F, 5-95 Aioicho, Naka-ku, Yokohama
access: About 5 minutes walk from Bashamichi Station on the Minatomirai Line
Approximately 5 minutes walk from JR Kannai Station or Sakuragicho Station
TEL: 045-662-7322

KAMOME live matters - KALTA New Year Special Session! –

Date and time: January 7th (Sat) 19:00 start
Cast: Hidenori Otsuki "KALTA" (Ds), Ken Ota (As), Keiji Matsumoto (P), Mitsuru Sudo (B), Members to be determined (G)
Fee: MC¥3,500
address 6-76 Sumiyoshicho, Naka Ward, Yokohama City
access: About 3 minutes walk from Kannai Station on the Municipal Subway Blue Line
About 5 minutes walk from Bashamichi Station on the Minatomirai Line
About 5 minutes walk from JR Kannai Station
TEL: 045-662-5357

Jazz Spot ADLIB - Naotaka Kusunoki, Yutaka Kaido, Shinichiro Kamoto LIVE –

Date and time: December 30th (Friday) 19:30 start
Cast: Naotaka Kusunoki (P), Yutaka Kaido (b), Shinichiro Yoshimoto (ds)
Fee: MC ¥2,000 (excluding tax)
address 2F, 3-9 Yoshida-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama
access: About 3 minutes walk from JR Kannai Station
TEL: 045-262-8111

Motion Blue YOKOHAMA – New Year's Party 2017 –

Date and time: January 2nd (Mon) and 3rd (Tue), 2017, open 15:00 / start 16:00
Cast: Kunikazu Tanaka (Sax), Kaori Takeda (Vo), Saigenji (Vo,G), Masato Suzuki (B), Tsutomu Kurihara (Ds)
Fee: MC unreserved seating: ¥4,000 (tax included), box seating: ¥16,000 + seat charge: ¥4,000 (up to 4 people)
*Box seats can only be reserved online.
address Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 2, 3F, 1-1-2 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama
access: Approximately 6 minutes walk from Bashamichi Station on the Minatomirai Line
Approximately 6 minutes walk from Nihon Odori Station on the Minatomirai Line
TEL: 045-226-1919

Jazz Club FAROUT – New Year Jam –

Date and time: Monday, January 9, 2017 (National Holiday) 13:00 start
Cast: Eiji Taniguchi (Cl), Rikuo Murao (Pf, Vo)
Fee: MC¥2,500
address TS Building 2F, 51-2 Nishidori, Fukutomi-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama
access: About 5 minutes walk from Hinodecho Station on the Keikyu Main Line
About 10 minutes walk from JR Kannai Station
TEL: 045-261-5635

YOKOHAMA JAZZ FIRST – Year-end Session –

Date and time: December 30th (Friday) 19:00 start
Cast: Takashi Gochu (Guest, Ba), Kazuya Akiyama (MC & Gt)
Fee: MC: ¥1600 (participant) ¥500 (listener)
address 9-140 Chojamachi, Naka Ward, Yokohama City
access: About 5 minutes walk from Hinodecho Station on the Keikyu Main Line
TEL: 045-251-2943

JAZZ SPOT DOLPHY - Fumio Itabashi New Year Special 3DAYS -

Yuki Kaneko & Yui Special Night

Date and time: Tuesday, January 3, 2017 18:30 open / 19:30 start
Cast: Yuki Kaneko (Vo), Yui [Kayoko Machida (Shamisen), Mitsunori Koyama (Shamisen), Shigemi Fujisawa (Taiko)], Masayo Kokatsu (As), Ryuichi Yoshida (Bs), Atsushi Goto (Tb), Daisuke Takaoka (Tuba), Fumio Itabashi (Pf), Takashi Seo (B), Ittetsu Takemura (Ds)
Fee: MC Advance ticket: 3,500 yen / Same day ticket: 3,800 yen (no changeover)

Kimiko Ito + Fumio Itabashi FIT! Special Night

Date and time: January 4th, 2017 (Wednesday) 18:30 open / 19:30 start
Cast: Kimiko Ito (Vo), Fumio Itabashi (Pf), Takashi Seo (B), Ittetsu Takemura (Ds)
Fee: MC Advance ticket: 4,000 yen / Same day ticket: 4,500 yen (no changeover)

Fumio Itabashi Special Orchestra

Date and time: January 5, 2017 (Thursday) 18:30 open / 19:30 start
Cast: Eiichi Hayashi (As), Masayo Kokatsu (As), Hiroaki Katayama (Ts), Ryuichi Yoshida (Bs), Jouzo Yamada (Tp), Atsushi Goto (Tb), Daisuke Takaoka (Tuba), Fumio Itabashi (Pf), Takashi Seo (B), Ittetsu Takemura (Ds), Leona (tap)
Fee: MC Advance ticket: 4,000 yen / Same day ticket: 4,500 yen (no changeover)
address 2-17-4 Miyagawacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama City, First Nishimura Building 2F
access: 6 minutes walk from Sakuragicho Station
3 minutes walk from Hinodecho Station on the Keikyu Main Line
TEL: 045-261-4542

CASK – Yuko Ohashi Trio with Suiri LIVE –

Date and time: December 28th (Wednesday) 19:30 open
Cast: Yuko Ohashi (P), Terumasa Nishikawa (B), Nobuyoshi Takahashi (Dr), Suiri (Vo)
Fee: MC ¥2,500 +TC ¥500
address Yokohama City Asahi Ward Nakakibougaoka 101 Yorimizu Building 102
access: About 1 minute walk from Kibougaoka Station on the Sotetsu Line
TEL: 045-442-3636
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Yokosuka, Shonan, and central Kanagawa area

Blue in Green – Toru Takagi Quintet LIVE –

Date and time: Saturday, January 7, 2017 20:00 start
Cast: Toru Takagi (Ts) Daigo Asano (Gt) Rie Sato (P) Tomohiro Takeshita (B) Taiji Sakai (Dr)
Fee: Tip+Order
address 2nd floor, Otaki Meiten Building, 1-17 Otaki-cho, Yokosuka City
access: About 5 minutes walk from Yokosuka Chuo Station on the Keikyu Main Line
TEL: 046-826-3147

jazzlive&bar Chigasaki-marry – Tsubo☆Hisa Duo LIVE –

Date and time: December 29th (Thurs) 19:00 open / 19:30 start
Cast: Tsubo-ken (Sax), Hidenao Sasaki (Gt)
Fee: MC ¥2,500 (1 drink not included)
address 2-1-16 Kyokei, Chigasaki City
access: Approximately 7 minutes walk from JR Chigasaki Station
TEL: 0467-84-1315

Stray Blue Jazz Club - Sunday Jam Session -

Date and time: January 8, 2017 (Sunday) 13:00 start
Cast: Mizuki Maruoka (P), Mitsuru Furuya (B)
Fee: MC ¥2,200 (2 drinks included)
address 202 Kogetsudo Building, 1-2-5 Sagamihara, Chuo-ku, Sagamihara City
access: About 5 minutes walk from Sagamihara Station on the JR Yokohama Line
TEL: 042-705-9809 (Reservations accepted: 18:00-3:00)

Enjoy more jazz in 2017

Kanagawa is a city where jazz is familiar, including Yokohama and Yokosuka. There are jazz bars all over the prefecture, and many jazz festivals are held every year.

In 2016, events such as Yokohama JAZZ PROMENADE, Yokosuka Tomodachi Jazz, and Kawasaki Jazz were held, allowing people to experience jazz casually. When will the jazz festival be held in 2017? I can't wait.

Jazz that touches your heart - enjoy its indescribably soothing sounds in 2017 as well.

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