Crowdsourcing A Jazz Band In Japan

From the Wall Street Journal's entertainment blog:

Tokyo is a city filled with secret jazz fanatics. ... The Blue Note Tokyo jazz club, an offshoot of its New York City counterpart, is the reigning grande dame of the scene here.

So it came as something as a surprise when the entrenched Blue Note hosted a performance recently of winners picked from a YouTube contest. Last November, musicians uploaded their performances on YouTube and 27,000 jazz buffs in Japan voted on their favorite set. Call it the democratization of jazz in Japan.

If only I could figure out where these videos live on YouTube — so far my searches for "Dynamite Miki" aren't turning up much of use. Anyone read Japanese? [Speakeasy: In Tokyo, a YouTube Contest Brings Out Secret Jazz Fanatics]



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