Montreux Jazz Festival Japan in Kawasaki


Montreux Jazz Festival Japan in Kawasaki
Montreux Jazz Festival Japan in Kawasaki

From tomorrow on and for the second year in a row, a Japanese edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival will be held in Kawasaki!

The Japan Times Online talks about it:

"(...) This year's festival takes place Nov. 16-24 at a number of different locations throughout the city. The organizers have played it safe with much of the interntaional line-up inviting artists from the smoother end of the jazz spectrum such as David Sanborn (Nov. 23), Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin (Nov. 21), and Michel Camilo and Tomatito (Nov. 16), all seasoned visitors to these parts who are guaranteed a good turnout. In addition, there will be two chances to enjoy the exciting big-band sound of The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw from the Netherlands (Nov. 16 and 21).

Among the Japanese artists due to perform at the festival are the Masahiro Sayama Quintet (Nov. 18), Masato Honda and BB Station (Nov. 23), familiar names on this country's jazz circuit. Trumpeter Takuya Kuroda may not yet be a household name in Japan, but he has steadily been building a reputation in the keenly competitive New York jazz scene. He's lived there since 2003, has appeared in numerous sessions, and is vocalist Jose James' trumpeter of choice as well as a bandleader in his own right. Kuroda will bring his star-studded New York sextet with him to the Senzoku Gakuen Maeda Hall (Nov. 22) for what should be one of the better shows of the festival.

The "Club Jazz Party Night" at Club Citta on Nov. 20 is bound to attract a younger, more dance-oriented crowd, with a total of six bands on the bill. Jazz Collective has made a splash both domestically and overseas with the crossover sound of its self-titled debut album, and is guaranteed to give a good show. Piano trio Fox Capture Plan, on the other hand, will offer a slightly more hard-hitting rock-tinged set. Sax player Tomoyoshi Nakamura will be appearing twice — once with Native, playing some slick club jazz and again with BlackQP '67 who will offer some Hammond-driven mod jazz sounds.

In the runup to the festival proper, there will be a number of smaller events put on around the city, and MJFJ staged a series of jazz lectures in the month before the festival. Yasuaki Kasahara - a spokesperson for this year's MJFJ event - is positive about the moves. "We hope that Montreux Jazz Festival Japan in Kawasaki will continue to attract artists and tourists both from overseas as well as from within Japan," he says. "In addition to attracting first-class international and domestic artists, we hope that the festival can also act as a platform for new talent." This year's lineup for the festival is certainly in keeping with hopes and is likely to appeal to a wide range of age groups. The challenge for the future, however, will be to see if the event can grow to become as much of an essential part of the jazz calendar as its illustrious Swiss counterpart."

Special to The Japan Times


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November 16 - 24, 2012



Photos: Montreux Jazz Festival Japan in Kawasaki 2011

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