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Jazz Pub Michaux

Overview
Name: 
Jazz Pub Michaux
The Inside: 
The Outside: 
Ku: 
Shinjuk
Station: 
Shinjuku-San-Chome - Marunouchi, Fukutoshin, Shinjuku Lines
Exit: 
2
Distance from station: 
1 minutes
Review: 

Music fans know that Japan is a country filled with dedicated, serious, almost manic record collectors. Misho Yasushi, the now 76-year old owner of Jazz Pub Michaux is one of this breed. He's a fan of hard-bop & soul-jazz and has over 4500 records in this genre, almost all of which are originals. Misho-san has a knowledge of obscure hard-bop/soul-jazz players and albums that is just stunning..I've been in the bar with professional jazz musicians who were blown away by the vinyl he kept pulling out. Baby-Face Willete, Willis Jackson, Melvin Sparks, Groove Holmes, Wilbur Harden, Bobby Hutcherson (yeah!)..you can sit here for 5 hours and not stop dancing off your seat, it's THAT funky here.

Just as good as the awesome music is the conversation with Misho-san. Bearded and usually in kimono with a Mongolian hat, he is full of stories about the 50s and 60s in Tokyo. Hanging out with Black American soldiers in the various jazz joints around town, drinking with Horace Silver, interviewing Thelonius Monk during his Japanese tour..Misho-san loves to chat. Unfortunately it's only in Japanese so bring a friend who can translate if you don't speak (though he'll talk to you anyways even if you don't).

Jazz Pub Michaux is really small even for a Tokyo jazz bar, so get there early if you want to stay for awhile. There really isn't a more friendly or swinging jazz bar in town, so check it out while you still can. ¥1000 seating charge (cause there's only about 8 seats, remember, the table charges help keep these special places open in a city with stupidly high rents. Just pay up and enjoy the chance to get a masterclass in 1950s and 60s jazz.)

Directions: 
http://homepage2.nifty.com/michaux/top.html
Contact Info
Address: 
3-11-12 2F, Shinjuku
Telephone: 
03-3357-4509
email: 
michaux@nifty.com
Website: 
http://homepage2.nifty.com/michaux/
Additional Info
Size: 
1-10
Food: 
No

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