buttonTokyo Crossover Jazz Festival 2006
@ Shinkiba Studio Coast (9th Dec. '06)
feat. Masato Komatsu , Mark De Clive-Lowe , Yoshihiro Okino , Cro-Magnon , DJ Kawasaki , Frank McComb , Shuya Okino , Sleep Walker , Koop , Kyoto Jazz Massive , Jam Session ... and more

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Tokyo Crossover Jazz Festival
      Way back in the early 90's, I first met Shuya Okino of Kyoto Jazz Massive along with Mondo Grosso at a tiny club called Metro in Kyoto where one of the shows I planned with the editor in chief, Paul Bradshow of an alternative music and culture magazine based in London called "Straight No Chaser". The show was to present what was happening in London at the time as a fruit of "Dance Jazz" movement born in the mid 80's and as the result of re-discovering the real charm of jazz in the dance floor, about which I heard that still the major public in the US never understand from a professor of Yale University covering Snow Boy's club in London some years back.

      The headliner of the tour was a unit called "That Fuss Was Us" and the main musician was a wicked sax player, Steve Williamson, along with a guitarist, Tony Remy, who I should describe "Jimi Hendrix playing jazz funk", a drummer, Peter Lewinson, later playing with Massive Attack, a bassist, Steve Lewinson, would be a part of Courtney Pines's band, a funky trombonist, Dennis Rollins, a percussionist, Karl Vanden Bosh and a vocalist Noel McCoy. The boys literally rock the hose in Tokyo and those who were there still remember that steamy and sweaty night of their 3 hours show.

      I guess it was a dawn of the club scene in Japan as there are all of the key DJs and musicians there. U.F.O. was there with DJ Krush and Shuya Okino of Kyoto Jazz Massive and we all witnessed the first appearance of Mondo Grosso in Tokyo. Also there was a guest appearance of US3 who would be having a massive hit of "Cantaloop" soon after.

      The majority of the media jumped on this phenomenon as the show was packed and called it a new trend of jazz, but, at the same time, nobody of the media believed it would last more than a few years. In fact, thre was ups and downs as you could guess, but the vibes were there in a tiny club called The Room in Shibuya, kept bubbling and the light of the movement did never go away. Shuya Okino and Kyoto Jazz Massive was the main force of all of these and they started this massive event called Tokyo Crossover Jazz Festival back in 2003.

      This is the 4th time round and we could witness the fruit of their works there. Started at 22:00 and closing at about 06:30 in the morning, music of freedom with jazz and funk tips were there boiling the venue as well as the audience. There the Smashing Mag was covering the whole things with two photographers, Hanasan and Yusuke, and you are about to witness where happened in the hot house in the cold air outside.
Tokyo Crossover Jazz Festival






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Shuya Okino / Sleep Walker / Koop / Kyoto Jazz Massive / Jam Session

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buttonCeltic Xmas feat. Paul Brady, Lunasa, Tim O'Brien & Dirk Powell with Cara Butler & Jon Pilatzke & session of all(9th Dec. @ Sumida Triphony Hall)
buttonTokyo Crossover Jazz Festival 2006 with overall photo document feat. Shuya Okino / Sleep Walker / Koop / Kyoto Jazz Massive / Jam Session (8th Dec. @ Shinkiba Studio Coast)
buttonGoro Nakagawa (4th Dec. @ Shimokitazawa La Cana)
buttonEdgar"Jones"Jones & The Joneses (18th Nov. @ Daikanyama Unit)
buttonEdgar"Jones"Jones & The Joneses (17th Nov. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonHappy & Artie Traum (2nd Nov. @ Yokohama Thumb's Up)
buttonBleach (1st Nov. @ Sangenchaya Heaven's Door)
buttonUri Nakayama (10th Oct. @ Yoyogi Zher the Zoo)
buttonClammbon, Ron Sezsmith, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Chris Pierce, Cool Wise Men, Zion Train, Brinsley Forde (7th to 8th Oct. @ Asagiri Arena)
buttonMichael Franti & Spearhead (5th Oct. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonFaiz Ali Faiz, Kayhan Kalhor, DuOud with Abdulatif Yagoub, Gnawa Diffusion & Mercan Dede & Secret Tribe (2nd to 4th Oct. @ Tokyu Bunkamura Theater Cocoon)
buttonSsamZie Sound Festival feat. moonlight a fairy a hard desperate full base home run / Cool Age / Golden Pops / Cockrasher / Cocore / The Emeralds / Starbow / Prana / Loro's / Vanilla Unity, photo document & Transfixion, Biuret, Nicotine, Fortune Cookie, Sugardonut, Lee Sang Eun (Lee-tzsche), Lee Ji Hyung, YB (Yoon Do Hyun Band), No Brain, Ellegarden, PIA, Hajji and TJ with Sim Soo Bong, Schizo+Hyun Jin Young, Morning of all + Kim Jang Hoon (30th Sept. @ Olympic Park, Seoul)
buttonAsylum Street Spankers with Uri Nakayama (17th Sept. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonFumio Ito and Gen Ueda, Magnolia, Keison, Caravan, Pocaskajan, Eye Don't Nose, Hige, Moon Riders, Ban Ban Bazar, The Blues Power with Monsieur Kamayatu, Kodama & The Dub Station Band, Marcos Suzano, Takashi Numazawa with Haruka Sakota, Leyona, Taiji All Stars, Kemuri (18th to 19th Aug. @ Rising Sun Rock Festival)
buttonSleep Walker (11th Aug. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonSoul Flowwer Mononoke Summit with Kotobuki (15th Jul. @ Tokyo Kinema Club)
buttonSleep Walker (23rd Jun. @ Shibuya Club Asia)
buttonSoul Flower Union (11th Jun. @ Shinjuku Loft)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (9th Jun. @ Shinkiba Studio Coast)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (9th Jun. @ Nagoya Diamond Hall)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (7th Jun. @ Namba Hatch)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (6th Jun. @ Hiroshima Club Quattro)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (5th Jun. @ Fukuoka Drum Logos)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (3rd Jun. @ Zepp Tokyo)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (2nd Jun. @ Yokohama Blitz)
buttonAllen Toussaint (1st Jun. @ Harajuku Blue Jay Way)
buttonMishka (27th May. @ Yokohama Osanbashi Hall)
buttonRico Rodriguez with Cool Wise Men (6th May. @ Nagoya Up Set)
buttonRico Rodriguez with Cool Wise Men (5th May. @ Esaka Muse Hall)
buttonDown Beat Ruler feat. Bagdad Cafe The Trench Town & The Ska Flames with Rico Rodriguez (3rd May. @ Ebis Garden Hall)
buttonSka Cubano (2nd May. @ Roppongi Hills Arena)
buttonJanet Klein (24th Apr. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonBanda Bassotti (17th Apr. @ Parco Degli Acquedotti, Rome)
buttonBanda Bassotti (8th Apr. @ Zapata, Genova)
buttonBanda Bassotti with Talco (7th Apr. @ C.S.A. Paciana, Bergamo)
buttonBanda Bassotti (4th Apr. @ Piazza Mercato, Marghera)
buttonBanda Bassotti with Brigada Flores Magon (1st Apr. @ Villagio Globale, Rome)
buttonBanda Bassotti (29th Mar. @ Auditorium Flog, Firenze)
buttonShamisen Nite : Mika Uchizato, Keisho Ohno, Umekichi, Yasukatsu Oshima & Takeharu Kunimoto : (23rd Mar. @ McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica)
buttonShamisen Nite : Mika Uchizato, Keisho Ohno, Umekichi, Yasukatsu Oshima & Takeharu Kunimoto : (22nd Mar. @ Yoshi's Bar, Oakland)
buttonShamisen Nite : Mika Uchizato, Keisho Ohno, Umekichi, Yasukatsu Oshima & Takeharu Kunimoto : (20th Mar. @ Schubas Tavern, Chicago)
buttonShamisen Nite : Mika Uchizato, Keisho Ohno, Umekichi, Yasukatsu Oshima & Takeharu Kunimoto : (18th Mar. @ Joe's Pub, N.Y.C.)
buttonShamisen Nite : Mika Uchizato, Keisho Ohno with The JK Soul, Takeharu Kunimoto with The Last Frontier & Umekichi : (17th Mar. @ Capitol Place, Austin, Texas)
buttonJapan Bash Party feat. Keisho Ohno with The JK Soul, Takeharu Kunimoto with The Last Frontier & Umekichi : (16th Mar. @ SXSW, Austin)
buttonKeisho Ohno with The JK Soul, Umekichi : (16th Mar. @ Cheapo Discs, Austin)
buttonBiuret : (21st Feb. @ Olympic Hall, Seoul)
buttonThee Fifties High Teens & Salome no Kutibiru : (13th Feb. @ Shimokitazawa Club 251)
buttonNaruyoshi Kikuchi & Pearl Brothers : (10th Feb. @ Shinjuku Loft)
buttonTheatre Brook & Art-School : (8th Feb. @ Shinjuku Loft)
buttonSorrow & Star Club : (2nd Feb. @ Daikanyama Unit)
buttonKemuri : (21st Jan. @ Zepp Sapporo)
buttonShinjuku Loft 30th Aniversary - Rock of Ages 2006 - : feat. Kurumi Enomoto, Yakozen, Carmen Maki, Panta(17th Jan. @ Shibuya O East)
buttonShibusa Shirazu : (14th Jan. @ Shibuya O East)
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