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Jazz center stage at Nanjo City event

By: By Bill Charles

Date Posted: 2011-09-02

Nanjo City is ready to shine with all that jazz this weekend as it stages the sixth annual ‘Jazz in Nanjo’ event.

The intimate jazz festival, jointly sponsored by Nanjo City and its cultural activities executive committee, the Nanjo City Office of Tourism and Culture Promotion and the Okinawa Tourism Convention Bureau, the Jazz in Nanjo program is bringing the nation’s top musicians to play alongside musicians from around the world to Okinawa September 3rd and 4th to showcase New Jazz, the Latin centering on modern jazz. Cotonoha is providing planning production, publicity, homepage management and ticket management organization, while additional cooperative support is coming from the Nanjo City Society of Commerce and Industry, PAC, Nangoku no Yoru and Music Shop Super Slick.

Nestled in a field of sugar cane, Tsukishiro Open Space, an open air courtyard, is the venue for the 3 p.m. ~ 9:30 p.m. concert series each of the two days. Officials note that there are “cool restaurant booths” at the venue, so everyone can enjoy “foods which are rich in variety.” Featured performers this year include Benjamin Herman and the Amsterdam Jazz Connection, Akiko, Karen Aoki, Sayaka, Tony Guppy, DJ Hiroko Otsuka, Live Paint Takeshi Sato and Kosuke Joma.

Jazz at Nanjo events are varied, with some taking place in the Tsukishiro open space in the Nanjo City Culture Center Sugar Hall area. Included are DJ performances of jazz music, live jazz sessions, live painting and food sales from vendor truck.

Tickets in form of a one-day pass are ¥4,000 in advance, or ¥4,500 at the Nanjo City Culture Center Sugar Hall venue. Advance general tickets are ¥2,500, or ¥3,000 at the door. Advance tickets are available at FamilyMart convenience store ticket vending machines, Eplus Tickets and Hot Okinawa Travel Bus Tours, or online at www.nanjojazz.com. The programs are in Japanese only, so non-Japanese jazz enthusiasts will need to get a bit of help.

To get to Sugar Halll, drive south on Okinawa Expressway, getting off at the Haebaru Kita exigt, then tgurn left onto Route 329 to Yonabaru. Continue straight on Route 331 about three kilometers, roughly following the coastline on the left until you see Sugar Hall on the left. The alternate route is to travel Route 329 south to Yanabaru, and at a T-shape intersection turn left onto 331.

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