Asagaya Jazz Streets 2011

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Asagaya Jazz Streets 2011

School gymnasiums, churches, office lobbies, coffee shops and shrines are all considered fair game for a spot of music during Asagaya Jazz Streets, a two-day festival in which concerts are held at over 40 locations scattered around the neighborhood. The event has been slowly growing in stature (and inspiring the odd imitator) since it started in 1995, but the organisers have pulled off a real feat this year by snagging internationally renowned pianist Yosuke Yamashita, who'll be performing in his New York Trio with bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Pheerooan akLaff at Shinmeigu Shrine. Note that while the open-air gigs are free, you'll need a paid wristband to get into most of the participating venues, while a drink or food order is required at the shows held in cafes and restaurants.