Wednesday, May 25, 2011

All That Jazz

"Coffee" in kanji characters is written "珈琲," which you can see in the photo above. It's said that coffee was introduced to Japan in the late 18th century from the Netherlands. Seeing all the coffee shops we have now, I think it's safe to say that we've embraced this wonderful drink.

This coffee cafe is called Jazz Nutty and they play just about any kind of jazz there is. I only had a chance to peak in this time, but this cafe is a great place to enjoy good coffee and relax to various styles of jazz music. The owner of this store has a huge collection and you can even request songs to listen to.

I don't know enough about jazz to make a request but I hope I get a chance to find a few new favorite artists next time. Do you have a favorite?


  1. It looks like fun place to go.


  2. Fun jazzy post, Kaori! Sending you jazzy regards from the Rotary International convention in New Orleans, Louisiana

  3. This is a really nice post. Yes I like jazz, but I don't know any artist or band. I know more about classical music and I prefer the period from the 16th, 17th and 18th century. Jazz of course is for entertaining people in restaurants.
    Thank you for your visit! You probably saw also the Beatles? I am a fan of them and had all their records.

  4. Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, Count Basie, Bill Evans. That ought to get you started on a true passion for jazz! (My 6 year old daughter told me not to forget Oscar Peterson. She's right!)

  5. That looks like a great store, as I love jazz. I prefer classic jazz, there's not a lot after 1970 or so that interests me (although there are exceptions). Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Ella Fitzgerald are my three favorite jazz artists. But each of them have so many albums it would be hard to pick - I have literally dozens of CDs from each of them.

  6. What a great looking place and I love the name!

  7. I don't know much about jazz, but I like to listen to some, once and then. Not a great coffee drinker either, at least for an Italian, but I am sure I would enjoy a place like this. The sign is funny and, thanks to the poor LP, quite original!

  8. Jazz nutty is a wonderful name but like VP, I'd have to drink something else!

    Ah the days of LPs...

  9. Another silhouette of Thelonious Monk there. A favorite natural foods restaurant in Kichijoji also uses that as a theme.

    I’m really not much of a jazz fan but my first and favorite jazz album is the late Eddie Harris’ “The Electrifying Eddie Harris.” One piece can be seen and heard here. The album consists of the first five tracks here.

    The pianist Jessica Williams has a high regard for Thelonious Monk. I was hypnotized while driving one night when her “Soldaji” came on the radio. Sound snippets and MP3 downloads available here. A different snippet here.

    Aha, “Nutty” is a Thelonious Monk composition; played here with John Coltrane. I”m still waiting for John’s shakuhachi album.

  10. すってきぃ~!ジャズ、まったくもっての素人だけれど興味はすごーくあるっ!マスターに色々ジャズを学びながらおいしいコーヒーをすすって・・・♪

  11. I found great directions how to get to Jazz Nutty. Turn left here then walk straight for 2 or 3 minutes.

    Or for Masae: this way (at B).

  12. Esperanza Spalding won the grammy this year for Best New Artist. I wonder if you would like any of her work.

    I’m not sure if this is even jazz but I first heard Roberta Flack do “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” in the 1970s on a jazz radio station.

    How about fusion jazz with Hiromi Uehara and Stanley Clarke?

    I saw Michel Petrucciani at a kind of debut in S.B. soon after Charles Lloyd “discovered” him in Big Sur. Apart from the angelic perfection of his playing, you could see that because of his condition he was terrifyingly fragile. And he did not want to stop playing. Ever! It was like,“Huh? What’s wrong with you guys? The sun isn’t even up yet. And so what even if it was?” I was sad but not surprised to notice by accident his grave (sigh, 36才) in Paris at Le Père Lachaise Cemetery.

  13. Have you seen the movie "All that Jazz" ?

  14. oh, it's Ella F. or Louis A.
    I like the classics. ^0^

    wondering how this cafe looks like,
    i bet the coffee's good,^-^
    do they have live performances for new artist as well.

  15. @arabesque:
    I could find 4 photos of the interior of Jazz Nutty: 1, 2, 3, 4. Just click on each number.

    They have a little inflatable band shell that they put up in the corner of the room for live performances that you can see here. Just joking about that last bit. Jazz Nutty looks a bit too small for live performances to me. What do you think? A single solo artist might make it happen, however. This guy might not knock over a lot of coffee cups (although he might blow them away, along with the audience).

  16. Sounds like a nice place. Maybe a bit too cool for me... but I'd love to check it out.

  17. Hi everyone! Thanks so much for the comments AND all the great suggestions for jazz! Man, I'm getting excited! Will definitely look into it and let you all know what I like :D

  18. All That Jazz is one of my favorite movies. Another good jazz movie is ‘Round Midnight.

    Some female vocalists:
    Blossom Dearie

    Diana Krall:

    Look of Love

    Fly Me to the Moon

    Just found a list of 50 Greatest Female Jazz Vocalists here. Armed with such a list you might not be at a loss when given the opportunity to make a request. You could say or write: “Something of ______________ [fill in the blank] that you like (or think I would),”

    The above list is dated.

    Something to read about jazz history.

    This book gets good reviews.

  19. I like the early jazz musicians best, my favorites: Ella Fitzgerald, The Ink Spots, Louis Armstrong and such. I do drink coffee!


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