The Jazzboilers is a mixture of trad jazz players in Tokyo, Japan who gathered to play New Orleans jazz at streets. Formed in 1995. Our recent primary venue is Ueno park in Ueno, Tokyo Japan. Our coverage spans from traditional jazz of 1920s to New Orleans "revival" jazz, like George Lewis band and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, of 1940s-70s.
We feature a homemade drum kit made from tin cans and a wooden box, and sometimes use other odd homemade instruments such as box bass (i.e. a giant calimba with spoons), box banjo, "bazooka" and PVC saxophone, but always endeavor to play in a jazzy way covering the apparent deficiencies of those instruments, with members' skill and long experience.
At the end of 2018, our montly gig counted over 280 times. In 2002 we have won a Tokyo Metropolitan Government's official street performance license named "Heaven Artist", against the competitive rate which was 14.0 for music performers section. We are also willing to play outside the park (maybe depending on payments!), so please feel free to contact us.
Approximately 200 songs - and we may study new songs if advised beforehand!
When the saints go marchin’ in, Panama rag, Sweet Georgia Brown, Bourbon street parade, Down by the riverside, St. Louis blues, Back home again in Indiana, Over the waves, On the sunny side of the street, Tin roof blues, Avalon, Baby face, Tiger rag, Happy birthday to you, That's a plenty, We will walk through the streets of the city (Red river valley), Take the “A” train, Battle Hymn of republic, Royal Garden blues, Fidgety feet, Tin roof blues, Milenberg joys (Golden leaf strut), World is waiting for the sunrise, I’m confessin’, Lady be good, Beer barrel polka, All of me, China boy, Down in honky tonk town, I'll see you in my dreams, Just a little while to stay here, Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans, You are my sunshine, Bugle boy march, Swanee river, When you are smiling, Who's sorry now, Charleston, Five foot two eyes of blue, Runnin' wild, Red wing, Poor butterfly, High society, When my dreamboat comes home, Lord lord lord you’ve been good to me, What a friend we have in Jesus, Don’t give up the ship, Bogalusa strut, Dardanella, Frosty the snowman, White Christmas, Dream a little dream of me, etc.
No gig in June 2021.
We have decided not to play in June 2021, due to the permission for park performance being suspended in view of corona virus pandemic. We did not play since our last live performance in Nov 2020. Hope that the next gig will be somewhere in the autumn 2021.
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