Bitches Brew

3-152-1 Nishi-Kanagawa, Kanagawa-Ku, Yokohama-Shi

Bitches Brew is yet another only-in-Japan kind of place. It's a tiny sqaure room on the second floor of a building in the fairly residential area of Hakuraku, north Yokohama. There is live music every night, but as there is no stage, the lack of space means the audience is an active part of the gig. You are literally right next to the musicians as they play.

BB was opened 10 years ago by the chatty & friendly Seiichi Sugita. Sugita-san had a long career as a photo-journalist, shooting some of the biggest jazz names at festivals in the US and Europe. He's also quite the audiophile and has a vacuum-tube system in the place for music in between live sets. (Audiophiles can read about all his equipment up on his homepage.)

Sigita-san takes pride in putting on live shows every night with musicians who make the trek down from Tokyo just to perform there. I was stunned to hear that free-jazz legend Akira Sakata plays there regularly; imagine the power of hearing someone like him in such a small room.  Bitches Brew is place for real music heads, and it's well worth the trip to Hakuraku to check out a show there.  Photos of Bitches Brew over at Tokyo Jazz Joints

Size
20 (5 counter seats, rest standing. It's a very, very small place.)
Directions

Map at the bottom of this page: http://bitchesbrew.web.fc2.com/cafebar.html Very easy to find from Hakuraku Station, Tokyu Toyoko Line.

Date published
Jan 2016