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Weavers Door are proud to announce we're presenting the Tokyo Jazz Joints (www.tokyojazzjoints.com) photography project in collaboration with EDWIN and Anti Social Jazz Club. Following the success of our 'Experimental Jazz Series' in the Summer we're joining forces with Liverpool-based Anti Social Jazz Club and their temporary jazz space the KINKAJOU: Pop Up Jazz Cafe' at the Buyers Club between Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th November 2017. On the Thursday we'll be revealing the Tokyo Jazz Joints photography exhibition which will be on show for the month of November. Expect various DJ sets and live jazz on the night.

Founded in 2015 by photographer  Philip Arneill and writer/DJ James Catchpole who has run the Tokyo Jazz Site since 2007, Tokyo Jazz Joints is a documentary photo project chronicling Japan's hidden and rapidly disappearing world of jazz bars and 'kissaten' coffee shops:

"Japanese jazz cafes and bars are often hidden, insular worlds where time ceases to exist, spaces removed from the speed and chaos of the modern urban landscape. Tokyo Jazz Joints is a visual chronicle of this world; an attempt to capture and preserve,the transient beauty of these spaces.

Jazz cafe culture in Japan grew organically in the years after WWII, as venues where fans could gather and listen to the latest records from the United States and Europe. Imported records – let alone turntables and speakers – were a luxury few could afford in those days of recovery from the war.  Going to a cafe and listening to a new release in a social setting became the norm for a generation of urban Japanese.  At its height, areas like Shibuya and Shinjuku in central Tokyo had dozens of these cafes and bars scattered around the main station plazas.

Slowly, the cafes began to disappear as economic development continued and listening to music at home became the norm.  Some establishments transformed into night-time only bars when it was no longer profitable to open for coffee-time. Fewer and fewer customers would spend leisurely afternoons immersed in jazz, books and coffee.  As of 2015, there are approximately 130 jazz cafes and bars spread throughout the Tokyo Metropolitan area alone, a huge number compared to most cities, but down from the peak of more than 250 in the early 1970s.

Year by year, the old jazz joints around town close their doors as the men and women who own them age and their children move on to other more ‘legitimate’ or lucrative occupations.  Tokyo Jazz Joints is an attempt to let people into this slowly vanishing part of Japanese culture. These are small, sometimes tiny, intimate locations where you can lose yourself in the world’s greatest music."

None of these establishments were contacted about the project before visiting and Arneill's photographs are a window into this jazz community, showing the shops and their owners just as you would find them, if you were to visit yourself.

Tokyo Jazz Joints has visited over 115 joints to date, spread throughout Japan, with at least another 75 to be documented."

www.tokyojazzjoints.com

(It's all free to attend so come down for good vibes with some of the best Liverpool talents in the city. For further information visit the Anti Social Jazz Club website and facebook event.)

Posted in News By Lee Fleming

 

As part of the Weavers Door x Anti Social Jazz Club 'Experimental Jazz Series' takeover of the world famous Cavern Club we're curated the below playlist to celebrate the Cavern Club's 60th anniversary by selecting some of the jazz bands and musicians including Acher Bilk, Ronnie Scott and Kenny Graham who played in the music venue during its time as a dedicated jazz cafe (1957 - 1973). Alongside the selected tracks is the date in which the band/artist performed at the Cavern Club.

Weavers Door x ASJC x The Cavern Club Liverpool 60th Anniversary playlist:

Bill DLe Sage = Detour (06.03.1958)
Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band = Stranger On The Shore (14.02.1958)
Alan Elsdon = I Cant Get No / Safisfaction (10.05.1958)
Bruce Turner Jump Band = Easy Money (02.06.1957 & 07.12.1958)
Cy Laurie Jazz Band = Oriental Strut (01.09.1957)
The Ivor & Basil Kirchin = Mambo Macoco (23.01.1958)
Kenny Graham = Haitian Ritual (11.04.1957)
Lonnie Donnegan = Tom Dooley (24.05.2001)
Tubby Hayes = A Pint of Bitter (14.03.1957)
Merseysippi Jazz Band =Kansa City Stomps (16.01.1957)
Ray Ellington Quartet = Left Hand Boogie (11.12.60)
Phil Seamen = Tangerine (24.04.1957)
Ronnie Scott = Guys ans Dolls (21.11.1957)
Zoot Sims = I Got It Bad (09.11.1961)
Bob Wallis Storyville Jazzmen = Come Along Please (27.03.1959)

Have a listen over on Spotify.

Posted in News By Lee Fleming

 

The next installment of the Weavers Door 'Experimental Jazz Series' with the Anti Social Jazz Club (ASJC) sees us join forces with our good neighbours at The Cavern Club to celebrate their 60th anniversary as the most famous club in the world. A fitting collaboration with The Cavern's ethos of championing past, present and future makes for a fitting collaboration with the Weavers Door x  Anti Social Jazz Club (ASJC) 'Experimental Jazz Series' in celebrating The Cavern Club's humble beginnings as a jazz club when it opened its original doors in 1957. During its jazz days The Cavern Club presented the likes of The Merseysippi Jazz Band, Kenny Ball’s Jazzmen, Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes to name just a few.

To celebrate The Cavern's rich jazz history next Wednesday, Weavers Door and Anti Social Jazz Club present contemporary jazz quintet artephis and hypnotic jazz from Liverpool's Ranga & Harambe as well as a vinyl DJ set by Anti Social Jazz Club and Wide Open residents.

The Manchester-based five piece artephis lead by James Girling (Guitar) alongside Aaron Wood (Trumpet), Ali Roocroft (Piano), Alasdair Simpson (Bass) and Matt Brown (Drums) will be performing their upcoming debut album due to be released Summer 2017.

This event is taking place on Wednesday 7th June 2017 at The Cavern Club Liverpool. Doors 8pm. Free entry.

Posted in News By Lee Fleming

After a successful evening of fine dining and jazz at the award-winning Xiringuito with our good friends at Bido Lito! we're happy to announce the next installment in our 'Experimental Jazz Series' with the Anti Social Jazz Club (ASJC) at the Buyers Club. On Friday 26th May 2017 Weavers Door and ASJC present Harambe Maoni, a new exciting project by Liverpool-based saxophonist Harambe Exanthematicus which includes Viktor Nordberg (Drums), Soroush Niroumand Fard (Persian Tombak), James Throne (Bass) and Lucy Powers (Keys).

Alongside Harambe Maoni we'll be warming the evening up with a session of hypnotic jazz from Ranga & Harambe having seen them perform last year alongside London-based outfit Yussef Kamaal we've been super keen to hear the duo perform again in Liverpool.

DJ duties before, after and everywhere in-between will be lead by Ranga himself along with ASJC residents.

Tickets £5 available in advance at Weavers Door or on the door at the Buyers Club (24 Hardman St, Liverpool L1 9AX)

Posted in News By Lee Fleming

Last Thursday saw the Weavers Door 'Experimental Jazz Series' kick off at the award-winning restaurant Xiringuito, based in the Northern Lights development of Liverpool's Cains Brewery. In collaboration with the Anti Social Jazz Club. In association with our good friends at Bido Lito! we present an evening of 'Fine Dining and Jazz' for one night only.

A packed crowd enjoyed a specialised four course menu by Xiringuito's Jackson and Conor alongside live performances by Liverpool-based Blind Monk Trio (www.blindmonktrio.com) led by tenor saxophonist Bob Whittaker and Sam Quintana's Wandering Monster (www.samquintana.co.uk), a jazz quintet based in Leeds. DJ duties were brilliantly executed by Danny Fitzgerald whose previous compilations include 'Nigeria Freedom Sounds: Popular Music and The Birth of Independent Nigeria 1960-63' and 'Calypso: Musical Poetry In The Caribbean 1955-69' (both on Soul Jazz Records).

We'd like to thank everyone who attended for a brilliant evening and the good vibes. Our next'Experimental Jazz Series' will be revealed soon so keep an eye out.

Photography by Graeme Watts.

Posted in News By Lee Fleming

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