The 21st annual Asagaya Jazz Streets was last weekend.
Construction at Suginami City Hall caused its stage to relocate to building’s side facing the much busier/louder street of Ome-Kaido. And while the space was a bit more cramped, the traffic wasn’t much of a factor. And it is a much sunnier spot.
There were some tables and tents set up near the South Exit Stage (阿佐ヶ谷駅南口噴水前特設ステージ) which was a nice addition. I picked up two nice vinyls at the Disk Union tent for 800 yen each: “Introducing Paul Bley” and “Friday Night in San Francisco” by Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía.
There were some new performers and a good number returned from last year as well. This included the crowd-rousing New Orleans style walking swing band and the Charlie Christian Trio, whom I shot a video of last year.
I did not shoot as many photos or videos this year, as I’ve got a compilation put together from last year.