Absolute Blue

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Toshima-Ku, Nishi-Ikebukuro, 1-15-6, Toshima Kaikan B2F
Nishiikebukuro 1 Chome 23-6 Toshima-ku Tōkyō-to 171-0021 JP
03-5904-857603-5904-8576
070-6455-0240

Absolute Blue is a new club opened in Feb 2015 by Ayumi Hoshikawa, previously a club owner in New York City. Hoshikawa-san has brought a NYC sensibility to her new venue (see the website) including not only nightly live performances but workshops and jam sessions as well.

Ex-Brand New Heavies vocalist N’Dea Davenport does Sunday afternoon vocal lessons, local bassist Derek Short hosts twice monthly jam nights and well known bassist Kenji Hino does bass lessons and also performs regularly in a duo with Takashi Sugawa.

Hoshikawa-san speaks excellent English and is making a real strong effort to make her club a spot for both Japanese and visiting foreign musicians to gather and perform. It’s a basement space quite far underground but looks sleek, with all seats close to the stage.  I’m hoping she can keep it going as Absolute Blue is a welcome new addition to the live jazz scene.

Size
40+
Food
Yes
Directions

1 minute from Ikebukuro Station West Exit, next To Pronto Coffee Shop right at the edge of Ikebukuro West Park.

Date published
May 2015
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