There are very few places in the world that combine traditional Japanese recipes with an explosive live jazz schedule. Blues Alley, one of Tokyo’s most sophisticated clubs, is on of these unique gems.
In the landscape of Tokyo‘s jazz Blues Alley is definitely one of the venues at the top of the list. Both a restaurant and a bar, it follows the philosophy of ‘giving an impeccable service to its clientele’. This is why, Blues Alley is often referred to as ‘a fancy place to take some customers, but where the business crowd does not overwhelm music’, way of managing the club not that different from that of the legendary Blue Note. Providing a five star service, a good variety of Japanese recipes, at kind of niche location in which the attention to detail in design is evident (check out the pictures hanged on the walls), Blues Alley can be considered one of Tokyo’s finest spots.
However, the venue is not just all about food and furniture. In fact, music is also one of Blues Alley’s main features. The venue offers an eclectic schedule with a different music genre every night, from traditional jazz to world and soul. With a calendar filled with local rising stars and internationally acclaimed musicians, every night at the Blues Alley is a new experience!
Take a look at the programme, stop by, have a great dinner, admire the numerous pictures hanged around you and, most importantly, be ready for some really good live music. Blues Alley is definitely a place that jazz aficionados should visit while in Tokyo, because it is one the few spots in town that hosts big jazz names from all over the world. We also recommend that you call in advance and make a reservation, because Blues Alley is very popular. It can seat around 35-40 people, so be sure to be ahead of the queue and get the best seats!
Blues Alley is a landmark in the Tokyo musical scene and it is a great example of how to successfully combine Japanese culture and Western music. Delicious food, beautiful pictures and high quality live jazz. What more can you ask for?
[Picture credit: James Brown Tribute/Blues Alley]