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JSB Jazz Series

Inspired by Japan's long-time love of jazz music, the Japan Society of Boston is launching the 2020 jazz series!

For over 100 years Jazz has been a bridge between Japan and the world, especially with the African American community of the United States. In celebration of the relationships and connections forged through the art of Jazz, JSB is hosting a Japanese Jazu Kissa (jazz cafe) series at the Venture Cafe in Kendall Square. 

A selection of images from the TOKYO JAZZ JOINTS project will be screened at JSB Jazz Series. 

Please join us for food, fun, and music! 

To become a Jazz Series Sponsor, or to inquire about performing in future series, please contact daniellearcher@japansocietyboston.org

Friday, March 20th 6-8pm

The Japan Society of Boston Jazz Series Presents:

an evening with 

The Boston Higashi School Jazz Band  & photography by Tokyo Jazz Joints 


The phenomenal Boston Higashi School Jazz Band have performed at Ryles Jazz Club, Zildjian, and at a number of events all over the Greater Boston Area.

The Mission of the Boston Higashi School is to help children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder learn to reach their full potential through the methodology of Daily Life Therapy®, a unique educational philosophy developed by the late Dr. Kiyo Kitahara of Tokyo, Japan that incorporates a broad and balanced curriculum, including academics, art, music, physical education, technology, and social education. Students take on challenges, learn to overcome obstacles, and gain confidence from their own success.

This approach allows our students to develop a love for learning so they may fully enjoy their family, community, and all that life has to offer. As each student grows and learns, their personality and individual character matures, allowing them to benefit from, and most importantly, contribute to society as adults.

Please join us for an evening with the Boston Higashi Jazz band!


TOKYO JAZZ JOINTS is a documentary photography project started by photographer Philip Arneill and broadcaster James Catchpole. It is a visual chronicle of a unique world. 

Beginning in 2015 to document Tokyo's myriad jazz bars and kissaten coffee shops, it has gradually expanded to the whole of Japan and documented over 160 individual jazz bars and kissaten to date. Japan’s incredible subculture of jazz bars and kissaten - many of which opened after World War II as listening bars - is a hidden, insular world which is slowly vanishing in the face of changing trends, ageing customers and rising rents and gentrification. The project aims to record these unique spaces before they disappear forever from the Japanese landscape. 

The project has received widespread critical attention, and in addition to being exhibited on three continents, it has been featured in print and online media worldwide, including The Times, SüdDeutsche Zeitung, Japan Times, BBE Records, The Vinyl Factory, Wax Poetics and Neocha.

A selection of images from the TOKYO JAZZ JOINTS project will be screened at JSB Jazz Series. 

To find out more visit www.tokyojazzjoints.com





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