hi all-
i am a jazz pianist living and working in osaka. i was just wondering if there are any members who live in osaka, and if they can help me land a gig? i can play solo, trio or larger. please let me know:0
tom
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. go to jam sessions as much as you can and meet other players.  

gambatte!

jim
if you're a good player, just hit the sessions, you'll get hired for gigs.  i lived in osaka for a couple months in the 90's and i was never busier as a jazz musician. i played my hotel gig (got it from a us agency) until 8pm, then i was working almost every night, doubling my $$.  

i love playing in asia, the people there really appreciated what i was doing. sometimes i wonder why i ever came back!  i think it was because of the lack of good skiing, to be honest.
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konichiwa
thanks for the tip about agencies. how do i contact the us agencies?
i just went to my first japanese jam session last night. there were a couple heavy cats there, a couple really tight drummers and one burning guitar player. i got props from the club owner (who's also a bass player), looks like he might set me up with a couple of gigs. i got some numbers too, so maybe things will pick up.  
i don't know what the sessions are like in tokyo, but we just played standards straight ahead.
i'm currently working for nova, which may go bankrupt in the next week, so i'd love to try and make a living playing piano.
hi i am going to be in yokohama from dec. to 1 of feb.
mainly vaccation but  i do have 2 gigs so far ( one in kings bar). do you guys know of any places to contact in that area to get a few more gigs? im not thinking of the very famous jazzclubs but more the small ones, restaurants and other places that are more dinner jazz oriented.
sincerly
nih
tom,

it's funny i was about to ask you if you were a victim of the nova crisis. i sure hope you get paid everything they owe you.  

glad to hear the jam session went well. keep going whenever you can. finding agencies is not easy here. one way is to go to a particular club/hotel itself and ask the management. of course you will also need a demo cd and/or your own website to present them. let me know if you do land a good gig. i could swing by osaka next time i make a trip to kyoto.

best of luck to ya...
nihonjin,

what days will you be at king's bar? it's about an hour and a half from my house, but if i get the chance i'll drop by. i've played at kings bar before. i hope their piano is better for you than it was for me. when i was there it was so out of tune it was barely playable.  

one place i like to play in yokohama is a club called "farout". it may not be the exact kind of venue you're looking for but it's a fun place to play. it's in the kannai area and the owner "rik" is a piano player and jazz writer and has enough sense to keep his piano in good condition.
here's the website: https://www.jazz-farout.jp/
there's even a video clip of me on it (the baldish guy right after the singer singing "summertime")!

cheers,

jim
hey tom,

what club did you jam at in osaka?

j+
nice playing jmurray, you are the highlight of that video.
hey, thanks a bunch, jazz+
they actually caught one of my better moments.
hi-
i have been to the jam sessions at "sub jazz club" on sennichimai and also "rug time" on midosuji, which despite the mispelling is a really happening place with a really nice room and piano.
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