The Jazzboilers

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 and Percy Humphrey bands, 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.

Repertoire list

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.

Members

trumpet: Tomomi Miyata

clarinet: Hanada Tayama

tenor sax: Sumito Mochizuki

banjo, box banjo: Yasuhiro Tanaka

bass, box bass: Kaoru Morishita

box drums, kazoo, bazooka, PVC saxophone: Takehiko Kobayashi (Leader)

* One of our founding members, Martin Peters (cl), has now moved back to Kansas City in 2014 and left the band. 

Schedule

[1] March 24, 2019 (sun)

Ueno Park, in front of Parkside Cafe

Ueno, Tokyo

Three minutes walk from Ueno station - Google Maps

[1] 1-2pm

[2] 2-3pm

Charge free, cancelled if rainy

Information on the day will be available on this page (if we remember)


[2] April 6, 2019 (Sat) 

"Gala de Solidarité de l'Association des Français et Francophones du Japon"

Hotel Gajoen Tokyo (Meguro)

Details: Event official page

Mayu Deguchi on clarinet


[3] May 03, 2019 (Friday/holiday)
Kichijoji Music Fes "Machi-kado Jazz Time" (Street Corner Jazz Time)

Loft Kichijoji Store, Entrance

JR Chuo line "Kichijoji" Station, north exit

Google Maps

4:00-6:00pm

Charge free, rain or shine

- Our 21st consecutive appearance at this fes. The nicest Music fes ever!

- Prior to our performance, Yuuki Terashima Tokyo Jazz Library will play from 2 to 4 pm.

- Early arrival recommended, due to limited number of chairs.


Become a subscriber of monthly gig info emails

For monthly gig info, please use the below form. You will receive strange email - sample - at a very close timing before the gig date. Currently only Japanese version is available but the leader may personally write to you in English when requested (and not in a time constraint).


Contact

For sending other message, e.g. question on possible booking, please use the below form. The leader will reply within a couple of days. English is available.