Jazz Journeys to Japan: The Heart Within

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University of Michigan Press, 2004 - Music - 369 pages

Part music history, part cultural meditation, part travel narrative, Jazz Journeys to Japan is the first book to address the experiences of individual players -- Japanese jazz greats such as Toshiko Akiyoshi, Masahiko Satoh, Makoto Ozone, and Yosuke Yamashita.
William Minor navigates the converging streams of Western music and Eastern tradition, revealing through interviews with musicians, critics, and producers the unique synthesis that results from this convergence. And, turning conventional wisdom on its ear, he disproves the widely held notion that Japanese jazz artists don't "swing." Along the way, we experience Minor's growing appreciation of Japanese culture, which mirrors his subjects' discovery of American jazz.
William Minor's previous books include Unzipped Souls: A Jazz Journey through the Soviet Union, and Monterey Jazz Festival: Forty Legendary Years. He has written for Downbeat, Jazz Times, Jazz Notes, Coda, and Swing Journal.
 

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Contents

A History Lesson
6
The Tiger
22
And the Lady
31
Masahiko Satoh
42
Scotch and Jazz
59
Hototogisu
67
Kotaro Tsukahara and Eiji KUamura
77
King Records the Jazz Restoration in Japan
88
The Foreign Cemetery an Art Museum and a Night on the Town with Tee Fuji
211
Nikko and the Albatross Swing Jazz Orchestra
216
Love Rescues the Earth the Castle Donny Schwekediek Star Eyes Jazz Aster and Swing
225
R and R YokoyamaJima the Ise Shrine and the Wedding Rocks
241
Takeo Nishida Tadao Kitano Noriko Nakayama and the Arrow Jazz Orchestra
245
Return to the Over Seas Club and Hisayuki Terai
256
Koto Master Miya Masaoka
268
Sadao Watanabe Aki Takase and Kazumi Watanabe
273

I0 Sima
99
More on What Prompted Me to Go to Japan
116
I4 Makoto Ozone
133
The Monterey Jazz
146
Nara Kyoto and the Rag Club
159
Yosuke Yamashita
165
2akone
179
The Mt Fuji Jazz Festival
186
Terumasa Hino and Junko Onishi
191
Takeshi Tee Fuji and Three Blind Mice
201
Free Improvisers
283
A Bevy of Pianists
292
The Monterey Jazz Festival in Noto Again
299
Masahisa Segawa
311
Tokyo Jazz Scene 1998
316
CODA
323
BIBLIOGRAPHY
333
DISCOGRAPHY
341
INDEX
347
Copyright

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William Minor's previous books include Unzipped Souls: A Jazz Journey through the Soviet Union and Monterey Jazz Festival: Forty Legendary Years. He has written for Downbeat, Jazz Times, Jazz Notes, Coda, and Swing Journal.

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