46 episodes

An Irishman and American walk into a bar...Two obsessed foreigners share the stories behind their pseudo-religious pilgrimage around the 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 • 7 Ratings

An Irishman and American walk into a bar...Two obsessed foreigners share the stories behind their pseudo-religious pilgrimage around the unique beauty of Japan's hidden world of jazz bars and coffee houses, documented on www.tokyojazzjoints.com.

    Coda

    Coda

    Episode 44: Not the end by a long way, merely the end of the beginning. We first look back and then look forward to what is in store for Tokyo Jazz Joints in 2021 and beyond.

    And Philip finally gets the last word.

    Thanks as ever to Brian of Grooves Ahead, and to Louie Lastic for our theme music.

    • 37 min
    Ultimate TJJ

    Ultimate TJJ

    Episode 43: Record cleaning dentists, curried gyoza, Guinness World Records and upright standing man (not James obviously). In the final part of our Tokyo Jazz Joints Awards we finally get to our our all-time favourite joint, not an easy task with so many to choose from. We have a go anyway just for the hell of it, peppered with the usual slick preparation and professionalism you have now come to expect.

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

    Drum fill excerpt by Steve Lynam (on Drumeo) on YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXtFc522mRo

    • 1 hr 17 min
    TJJ Greatest Hits Vol.2

    TJJ Greatest Hits Vol.2

    Episode 42: Dodgy snacks, retired teachers, sleeping in kitchens and more... Part 2 of our very own Tokyo Jazz Joints Awards, as we reminisce on the project so far, and choose some of our biggest regrets, and funniest and most baffling moments from the last 5 years. We’ll both get to our all-time favourite place in the next episode, but not before sharing just a few more laughs, stories and reflections again!

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

    • 47 min
    TJJ Greatest Hits Vol.1

    TJJ Greatest Hits Vol.1

    Episode 41: Tiny toilets, right wing politics, road rage, ice cream sundae dishes and more... We’re back with our very own Tokyo Jazz Joints Awards, as we reminisce on the project so far, and choose some of our weirdest, saddest, funniest and most irritating moments from the last 5 years. Eventually we’ll both get to our all-time favourite place, but not before sharing a few more laughs, stories and reflections first!

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

    • 57 min
    5 Days in June Part 8: All Over Kyushu

    5 Days in June Part 8: All Over Kyushu

    A bumper length episode today as our journey comes to a climactic end with a manic, phenomenal day of discovery, and we hit 7 joints around Kyushu. More importantly, James finally reveals the secret ingredient to his luscious locks: the reason that you’ve really been listening all this time….We hope you’ve enjoyed coming on this epic trip with us, and thanks for all the listens and downloads.
    Happy New Year from TJJ and 今年も宜しく!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    5 Days In June Part 7: Fukuoka

    5 Days In June Part 7: Fukuoka

    Welcome to Part 7 of 5 Days in June! We finish off a day of ups and downs with four incredibly cool and individually unique places in the amazing and funky waterfront city of Fukuoka.

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

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Charlie Magee-Wood ,

Brilliant, inspiring, wonderful podcast

I have been listening since the beginning when lockdown started. It was wonderful to learn more about the culture of Jazz Joints in Japan and i will definitely visit in the future because of this podcast. The photos are gorgeous and so different from each other. Looking at the photos while listening is a great mix. I hope to meet both of you some day. If you want to know more about this culture, James and Philip are the best you could look for. I even created an Itunes account just to review this podcast as it deserves credit. I'm listening on spotify. Peace!

joemakingsense ,

If your into Japanese jazz kissa, this is your pod

I’ve been to Japan with my partner a couple of times and on both visits have tried to visit as many jazz listening bars/cafes as possible. Was great to find this pod and realise that our interests are slightly less niche than we thought. The hosts are really interesting and knowledgable jazz, Japan and the venues. Can’t wait to get back over there and visit the places they mention.

Richard Thompson ,

Fascinating and evocative

This is a really excellent podcast. It’s all about these tiny Japanese bars and cafes where people go to listen to jazz records. The owners are often quite elderly, and have been running these labours of love for decades, playing their vast vinyl collections while their customers listen in silence. Often, the places close down when the owners can’t run them any more. The two presenters explore this unusual world with real enthusiasm and insight. It started as a photography project (tokyojazzjoints.com) - the photographs, by Philip Arneill, are really atmospheric and just make you want to visit these bars before they close down. The other presenter, James Catchpole aka Mr OK Jazz, has an equally good podcast called OK Jazz, playing jazz, world music and more. Totally fascinating. I recommend listening to the podcast while looking at the photos on the website. Brilliant work.

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