Wandering Ikebukuro

Wandering Ikebukuro

As far as I know Ikebukuro is not an area of Tokyo generally associated with jazz. I was told about Kenny’s Bar recently by trumpeter Neil Stalnaker and had a great time at his gig there last week. On Saturday I decided to head back to Ikebukuro for a wander around and was thrilled to find three other jazz joints I had not heard of: Apple Jump live house, Cafe Independent (also a live house), and Swing Talk Pea. I also stopped in at the Paper Moon for the first time in a few years and had a great talk with Yamammoto-san the owner while drinking beer and listening to Eric Dolphy and Roland Kirk. There is no better Saturday evening than that.

 

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Mr. OK Jazz is a 18+ year resident of Japan and spends all his free time wandering the Kanto area looking for jazz cafes, bars, clubs and record stores. For two years he hosted the OK Jazz radio show on InterFM Radio, currently the OK Jazz podcast. You can reach him at *protected email*
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