300 Jazz Spots Visited & Counting..

The other day while taking the train to the way distant suburbs in north Tokyo, I suddenly remembered that the day’s jazz spot visit would be #300 for me, a cool number! Of course that’s nationwide, as I’ve now visited at least once almost every prefecture in Japan (only Akita and Yamaguchi left!)

Joint #300 was the remarkable Jazz Kissa Altec; audio folks of course will recognize that Altec are some of the greatest speaker systems available, and I can vouch for that as the sound in Altec was just insane. Listening to Grant Green, John Lewis, and then some very heavy John Coltrane…wow, you really begin to understand how this music is supposed to sound. A total gem of a place, and very worthy of being the 300th spot visited.

Now on to 400 and 500…!

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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*