Seeking their best "sound" is why people gather into a small jazz cafe BASIE nowhere in the world at Ichinoseki, North East county in Japan. It seems a sanctuary for global jazz players, fans, and audio manias. Filming BASIE owner Sugawara Shoji tuning a 50-year-old JBL speaker everyday, stock footage became more than 150 hours.
In Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture, 450 kilometers away from Tokyo, Seiji Sugawara has been running a jazz café, or Kissa Basie since the 1970s, which is one of 600 jazz cafes in Japan. Jazz cafes, where guests drink coffee while listening to jazz seriously without talking, are a unique cultural phenomenon that can only be found in Japan. They were born in the 1950s and spread all over the country in the 1970s with the financial bubble of Japan. During the 1980s, the number of jazz cafes gradually decreased. But Basie has survived to celebrate its 50th anniversary, maintaining its reputation of the past. Director Tetsuya Hoshino interviews the owner, Seiji Sugawara, conductor Ozawa Seiji, architect Ando Tadao, jazz musicians, Sadao Watanabe and Elvin Jones, and ordinary customers to show why Kissa Besie has been going strong as a heart of jazz for 50 years. (CHUN Jinsu)
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