If I hadn't been hauling around a big bass clari case yesterday, even though I would have looked the part, I would have taken in more of the two-day Ikebukuro Jazz Festival.
Ikebukuro, my main hub station, is considered the daggy, less glamorous hub of the Yamanote Line, always being made fun off (but often that 'we're actually kinda jealous kinda way').
There were probably thirty things I should have been doing today but when the daggy part of Tokyo can put on some 90 or so professional, amateur community bands and ensembles across nine stages all over the west side of the station (considered the dags of dagsville) well, what's more important than getting out to support your local community.
So I did.
|Gospel choir to start|
|Wonderful blue sky day|
|Under the eye of the Ikebukuro Owl|
|LovePlovers, the name of the band, on debut today!|
|Fun Saxophonic Lab|
|All the brass|
|The sky stayed perfect|
|The Ska Juunctions|
|Scored a towel|
|And we are done|
I love my bass clarinet. I really enjoy the group I'm a part of, playing every other Saturday. But I started my mid-life musical journey on saxophone, and seeing all the saxes and big bands (and little bands), well, I just might have to, you know, get back into it. One day. When I have the time.
Now, bring on tomorrow.
[Camera : Canon EOS M5, 2.17pm-6.21pm; 20 May 2018]