April 17, 2018

Copy of The 2018 Jazz Appreciation Month Poster


An official copy of The 2018 Jazz Appreciation Month Poster has come to me in Osaka, Japan all the way from Washington D.C., the U.S. on Saturday, April 14th.

How should I celebrate JAM 2018 with it?

I'd like a jazz musician to hold it to pose for a photo at the gig I attend this month. You might be featured on The National Museum of American History's web page(s) if the photo with the specified hashtag is posted on social media.






Isamu Nozaki at Jazz Up Japan



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August 18, 2017

Two kinds of jazz singers in Japan


Japanese jazz vocalist Mutsuko Kawamoto said in one of her tweets below on August 17, 2017.

"You are not required to have a particular voice quality to be a jazz vocalist, but you have to be cut out for one. And I want to emphasize that there are two kinds of jazz singers in Japan: one is jazz vocalists and another, which is unique to Japan, is those who sing like jazz. They are close but not the same."

- translated by Jazz Up Japan at their own discretion

Well, I will not go to listen to the songs played by those who sing like jazz.



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June 12, 2017

Often played but rarely publicized


Have you ever been to Japan to enjoy a live jazz show?

Never? Are you kidding? What? The information on the gigs is offered in Japanese only? ...

Unfortunately, this is almost always true.



Signboard

(This photo of Sax N Art Jazz Club in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is courtesy of TripAdvisor.)



Few of the jazz clubs in Japan make announcements in English and other foreign languages about the shows they host.


Japan's population, which was in the vicinity of 127 million in 2016, is expected to decrease to 100 million or less in 2050.

On the other hand, about two million non-Japanese live in Japan and more than 20 million people from overseas visited Japan in 2016.

Moreover, the number of the residents and the visitors is on the rise in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.


Why don't the clubs in Japan and the musicians who play there follow other sectors such as retailing and tourism which are succeeding in treating them as valued customers to try to attract them to their live shows?

In fact, you can scarcely see music lovers from other countries in the audience there.

Japan's jazz show industry may be the one which performs in foreign languages more often but less actively informs the world of their business than any other markets under the sun.

That will no doubt lead to its decline in the aging society with fewer children and the falling population.




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