Welcome to Jazz of Japan!

This website is dedicated to showcasing modern jazz albums from Japan and Japanese musicians.

On Jazz of Japan, my motivation is to provide straightforward descriptions of jazz recordings from Japanese musicians with photos, audio clips, and links to more information. Rather than a music critic’s album reviews, these are simple, honest introductions of new music to enjoy related to Japanese jazz.

In addition to albums, some articles also explore the world of Japanese jazz in real jazz bars, clubs, and live spots in Japan.

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About this site

Jazz of Japan features:

  1. two email newsletters: Jazz of Japan, and Jazz of Japan: Clubs

  2. a website archive of the emails and extra resources

You can view, browse, and search the website for free and without creating an account. And, if this topic appeals to you, then you can also sign up for the free newsletters and get updates in your email.

There’s also a Substack app available for mobile devices. This is great for those who want to subscribe, but who don’t necessarily want to sign up for more emails. Using the app, you can control whether to get updates through email, through the app, or through both.

About the Albums

The “Albums” articles relate to jazz albums from Japan and are free and readable by all. Subscribers to the newsletter will get an email each time a new article is published.

The archive currently has over 250 articles that I have written since 2018, and new articles are being added on an ongoing basis. I strive to make each article brief but descriptive: a straightforward overview of the album and the musicians, photos, and links to music or videos where available. Recently, I have started to translate and include some album liner notes in certain articles as well.

The focus of each article is on the music itself with the goal of sharing it with a wider audience. In most cases, these are modern-day albums from musicians that are still playing around Japan today and can be seen at live performances.

To view and search for albums and musicians, browse the Albums or Archive pages. You can also use the search function (a magnifying glass icon) built into the website. There is also a Musicians Index with links to musicians’ websites and related albums.

About the Clubs

In addition to the “Albums” articles, I also write “Clubs” articles about live jazz spots including clubs, bars, cafes, and similar places in Japan. Like the “Albums” articles, all of my information is gathered through my direct experience, and all of the photos were taken by me with nothing copied from other sources. (The only images here that were not created or taken personally by me are the official album cover art images used as thumbnails and introductory images for the “Albums” articles.)

The “Clubs” articles are mostly about specific venues in Japan, and also occasionally contain extra information for interested readers, with guides about Japanese jazz with extra photos, links, and maps.

Clubs” is a subsection of Jazz of Japan. This is a separate newsletter that you can subscribe to independently of the main newsletter for Jazz of Japan.

Reach out

Future features and updates are always possible, so don’t hesitate to reach out with your suggestions or comments. An easy way to contact me is by replying to the newsletter email.

A note on names

In most cases, names on this website are shown in “first name last name” order when written in English (given name first), and “last name first name” order in Japanese (family name first). For example:

  • Akane Matsumoto is 松本茜, where Akane is 茜 and Matsumoto is 松本, typically read in Japanese in the order 松本 (MATSUMOTO)(AKANE).

  • Fumio Karashima is 辛島文雄, where Fumio is 文雄 and Karashima is 辛島, typically read in Japanese in the order 辛島 (KARASHIMA) 文雄 (FUMIO).

Although official organizations and media use the traditional Japanese name order as standard use, in many cases, Japanese musicians’ names are shown in the English order on albums and music catalogs when displayed in English.

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Publishing since 2018 as “J Jazz: Modern Jazz From Japan” (WordPress from Jan 2018 at jjazzist.com ), “J Jazz Substack” (Substack from May 2021 at jjazz.substack.com), and “Jazz of Japan” (GitHub from Jan 2022, Substack from May 2023 at jazzofjapan.com).

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Introducing modern-day jazz of Japan through albums, musicians, and clubs