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Blue Note Tokyo

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The Blue Note Tokyo is the “little brother” of New York’s own Blue Note Jazz Club. Located in Tokyo’s Aoyama neighbourhood, the Blue Note Tokyo is the first international version of the Blue Note “family” and one of Japan’s high-end jazz venues. Many international stars such as Chick Corea, Sarah Vaughan, Dr. John and Tony Bennett have performed at what many consider Tokyo’s absolute best venue for live jazz music.

Since opening its doors in the autumn of 1981, New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club has built a reputation as one of the world’s top-class jazz venues. Serving as one of the most prestigious stages in the Big Apple, the club has hosted performances by pretty much every big name in jazz music. Its approach to jazz, Sunday Brunch and popularity have been praised by numerous thousands of people who have stopped by throughout the years, while countless clubs around the world have even tried to follow the Blue Note Jazz Club’s philosophy and showcase prominent jazz acts. The success of the Greenwich Village’s club led to the creation of international versions of the Blue Note. The Blue Note Tokyo, which opened in November 1988, was the first. More venues in Osaka, Fukuoka and Nagoya followed. The Blue Note Milano, the very first European member of the Blue Note family, opened in 2003 in Milan, Italy.

Where Japanese culture meets international, high-quality, jazz

The Blue Note Tokyo is a high-end jazz venue, one of the largest music venues in Tokyo, located in the neighbourhood of Aoyama (Japanese for “blue mountain”). Its story began in November 1988, when two wealthy sisters from the Big Apple decided to establish a venue that would attract the best local and international acts and an audience who was eager to get more jazz shows. Their dream came true and the journey of the Blue Note Tokyo turned out to be a very successful one. Today, the club is one of the largest in the country, which blends aspects of Japanese culture with world’s renowned artists, and is often referred to as Tokyo’s golden venue for live jazz music.

During the years, the Blue Note Tokyo has welcomed various prominent members of both the local and international jazz scenes. The list of artists who have performed at the venue includes very important names like Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett and Chick Corea, Oscar Peterson, Maceo Parker, Dr. John, Nathan East and Japan’s legendary pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi, who has also released several albums of her performances at the club.

Listen to some of the Blue Note Tokyo’s past performers

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The Blue Note Tokyo serves a wide selection of drinks, quality food and top-class live jazz that keeps the crowds coming. If you are planning to visit Japan make sure to add the Blue Note Tokyo to your list of popular attractions to see!

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Venue Details:

Blue Note Tokyo

6 Minamiaoyama, Minato

Tokyo, Japan

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