Asagaya Jazz Streets 2017

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Yosuke Yamashita
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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 dozens of locations scattered around the neighbourhood. The event has been slowly growing in stature since starting out in 1995. As has become customary, veteran piano innovator Yosuke Yamashita hits up Shinmeiguu Shrine once again for the main event – this time together with saxophonist Erena Terakubo – while concerts by the likes of the US Navy Pacific Showcase and the Waseda New Orleans Jazz Club are also sure to draw big crowds. 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 many of the shows held in cafés and restaurants.

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