10 episodes

The stories behind the madness and unique beauty of Japan's hidden world of jazz bars and coffee houses, documented on www.tokyojazzjoints.com.

TOKYO JAZZ JOINTS Philip Arneill & James Catchpole

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    • 5.0, 4 Ratings

The stories behind the madness and unique beauty of Japan's hidden world of jazz bars and coffee houses, documented on www.tokyojazzjoints.com.

    A Port in the Storm: Part 1

    A Port in the Storm: Part 1

    Episode 10: This week we're by the sea as we travel from the US Navy-flavoured port of Yokosuka up to the ancient capital of Kamakura, before stopping off at a classic joint in the port city of Yokohama, where we'll be for the next two weeks. Join us to find out where the best lunch in town is allegedly served, why you shouldn't pee in public, and the best place to get a big old glass of Bitches Brew.

    Thanks as always to Brian of Grooves Ahead for audio assistance and Louie Lastic for our theme music.

    • 40 min
    Back to the Future: From Tokyo to Berlin

    Back to the Future: From Tokyo to Berlin

    Episode 9: In the spirit of looking for the light, we focus this week on newer joints with a (hopefully) rosier future ahead of them as they adopt more modern ways of doing things and pull in newer types of customers. These joints provide a rare beacon of hope in a landscape that is vanishing at an increasingly rapid rate. Find out about what a rhinoceros has to do with jazz and the most Japanese jazz joint you’re likely to find outside Japan, as we invite our first ever guest on the podcast!

    Thanks as always to Brian of Grooves Ahead for audio assistance and Louie Lastic for our theme music.

    • 44 min
    I Want Candy

    I Want Candy

    Episode 8: This week we are out in Chiba but not to take a flight from Narita. Starting in the other Brooklyn, we get some Candy before heading to Ancient Egypt, and finish up the evening peering through a Billie Holiday-inspired porthole. Not forgetting James’ majestic lime green shirt and our quick detour through the culinary delights of Palestine of course!

    Thanks as always to Brian of Grooves Ahead for audio assistance and Louie Lastic for our theme music.

    • 42 min
    There Must be an Angle (Playing with my Heart)

    There Must be an Angle (Playing with my Heart)

    Episode 7: A slightly longer episode for you this week as Philip recounts nights of crawling around floors and cramming himself into dark corners to get the perfect angle. Once he remembers what the hell James is talking about, we have a brush with a potential Guinness world record holder, find out where Japanese Mad Men drink, why you should say no to a portrait if asked for one, and why Philip always takes his camera to the bathroom...hear all about some of the more challenging joints he encountered in photographing the project.

    Thanks as always to Brian at Grooves Ahead for audio assistance and Louie Lastic for our theme music.

    • 56 min
    Bittersweet Stories of Pepe: Shinjuku Pt. 3

    Bittersweet Stories of Pepe: Shinjuku Pt. 3

    Episode 6: If you always wondered where Dean Martin, scuba diving, Japanese paratroopers and jazz intersect, it’s in this episode! Sadder stories this week as James gets speechless, and we celebrate two lost jazz joint gems. In our final instalment from Shinjuku we visit the indomitable Jazz Room Stick and recount our bittersweet discovery of Jazz Pepe, both of which sadly no longer exist. 'Otsukare-san' to both! Listen to experience them how they are best remembered.

    Thanks as always to Brian at Grooves Ahead for audio help and Louie Lastic for the theme music.

    • 36 min
    Problems with Samurai: Shinjuku Pt. 2

    Problems with Samurai: Shinjuku Pt. 2

    Episode 5: We’re still in Shinjuku this week and have wandered around the corner to the iconic Old Blind Cat, followed by the confusing conundrum that is Samurai. Ever wondered what it’s like to have your firstborn blessed in a Japanese jazz bar overlooked by Coltrane and an army of cats? Then this is the episode you’ll want to hear!

    Thanks as always to Brian at Grooves Ahead for audio help and Louie Lastic for the theme music.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Shubo Sake ,

A highlight of my week - really!

Having lived in Japan and visited only a few jazz joints I love listening to this and dreaming about all the more there is to explore. This is a truly moving and seminal piece of work capturing a unique side of Japanese culture ... the Alex Kerr of Lost Japan in Jazz joints.

I’d love you to create a playlist inspired by each episode - would be a great compliment!

Thank you for sharing these stories..

Nb!!** ,

Fascinating

This podcast is so interesting and on such a unique and fascinating subject matter.

The presenters conversations are a pleasure to listen to. They are passionate about their subject and this podcast is a great way to share the story of their collaboration on documenting ‘Tokyo Jazz Joints’.

I am really looking forward to the next episode.

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