Ping-Pong DJ Vol. 10 – OK Jazz meets The Barakan Beat!

Saturday at Shin Sekai bar in Azabu I was Peter Barakan’s guest at vol.10 of his ‘Ping Pong DJ’ series of events. These are a kind of live version of his radio show where he and his guest play tunes back and forth while bantering about the music.

I’ve been listening to Barakan’s show for over 17 years so this was truly a great thrill for me, without question one of the highlights of the entire OK Jazz/Tokyo Jazz Site experience. Many thanks to Peter and Yajima-san from Wind Planning for inviting me.

Playlist was as follows: (j = me, p = Peter’s selections)

j) Rain Every Thursday / Bobby Hutcherson
p) Yirimadjo / Trio Da Kali
j) Boni Boye / Dr. Nico
p) Oye China / Radio Tarifa
j) Acid / Ray Barretto
p) Not Fade Away / Ned Sublette
j) Mercury / Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
p) Renaissance Of The Resistance / Kahil El’Zabar’s Ritual Trio
j) Love TKO / Teddy Pendergrass
p) Woman’s Gotta Have It / Bobby Womack
j) Watch The Dog (That Brings The Bone) / Inez Foxx

Mockingbird / Inez & Charlie Foxx
Right Off / Miles Davis

j) ‘No Terreiro’ – Catavantore
p) Feira De Asakusa (Asakusa Market) / Hermeto Pascoal
j) Kubangela / Bonga
p) No Moe / Sonny Rollins with the Modern Jazz Quartet
j) Miss Constance / Duke of Iron
p) Pig Meat Blues / Georgia Tom
j) Killing Floor / Howlin’ Wolf
p) Up From The Skies / Jimi Hendrix
j) Mbalia / Djessou Mory Kante
p) El Son Te Lama / Orchestra Baobab
j) Somos la Fuerza Latina / Somos 21
p) Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball? / Buddy Johnson
j) She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride / Taj Mahal
p) Looking for a Love / J. Geils Band
j) Matata Ya Muasi Na Mobali Ekoki Kosila Te / Franco et Orchestre T.P.O.K. Jazz
p) Hotel California / Blue Moon Quartet


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Mr. OK Jazz is a 20+ 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*