Montgomery Land

Dai 2 Okumura Bldg, B1, 1-47-13 Ikebukuro, Toshima-Ku

Montgomery Land opened up a couple of years ago just a short walk from Ikebukuro Station. It's a standard issue narrow, basement bar with an incredible sound system. Master Iwasaki Yoshitsugu and his wife Kimiko-san run the place and are warm, chatty hosts. Within minutes of sitting down we were immersed in conversation about music and the Tokyo scene.

Iwasaki-san has a good collection covering all genres, with a lot of hard-bop records (and of course, a lot of Wes Montgomery albums.) Although it's a small place they host semi-regular live events at very reasonable prices, usually 2000-2500 yen. Ikebukuro has a surprising number of nice jazz joints and Montgomery Land is another great addition to the list.

Size
11-20
Directions

Station: Ikebukuro
Exit: East Exit
Distance from station: 6-9

From Ikebukuro Station East Exit take Meiji Dori all the way to the highway overpass, about six or seven minutes walk. Look left for the bright white sign.

Date published
07/22/2012