Welcome to the 28th Sendai’s Jozenji
Streetjazz Festival! This year’s theme is “Running Together”. The Jozenji Street Jazz Festival can
happen only when everyone involved “runs together”. Sendai citizens have worked hard to make this event happen. Of
course, visitors are also an important and integral part of this
experience, too. So, everyone supports each other. And at the same time, we
believe everyone is a leading star, helping to make this event a success.
We hope that everyone will “run together”, each in his or her own unique way, while enjoying our 28th Jozenji Streetjazz Festival,.
Calling all music lovers!
Do you love music, but find that you
don't get much of a chance to go to concerts in Japan? As a musician, is it
difficult to find opportunities to perform? Well now's your chance! The
annual Jozenji StreetJazz
Festival is your chance to see hundreds of bands of various genres
performing for free. And if you're a musician, this is your opportunity to
perform for an audience of thousands. If you happen to be in the area, why
not drop by and enjoy the diverse musical culture that Sendai has to offer.
We look forward to seeing you at the
28th Jozenji StreetJazz
The 28th Jozenji StreetJazz
Saturday, September 8 – Sunday September 9, 2018
[No cancellation in the event of rain]
Street performances - 11:00am – 6:00pm
Night Stage – 6:00pm –
Location: Sendai City Center (including the Ichibancho,
Honcho, Chuo and Omachi neighborhoods) and
Sponsor: The Jozenji StreetJazz
Festival Executive Committee
This year's all stage map (English) Coming Soon
What is the Jozenji
The streets are the stage.
With its roots along the Zelkova lined
promenade of Jozenji Street, the festival is
staged in the foyers of buildings, in shopping arcades, parks and plazas
exclusively for a few days.
It brims over with all genres of music.
At the end of the 19th century, a new type
of music cried out from the street corners in the southern towns of
America. It was free, liberal and spiritual, crossing borders and cultures
and now, here in Sendai, you can hear the echo of that cry. We try to
create a fusion of all genres, in harmony with the character of StreetJazz and the peculiar originality of the city.
Made by the people of the city.
This festival is supported by people
who love to perform music, people who love to listen, and managed by
citizens on a volunteer basis. It's growing into one of the most unique
festivals in the world. Apart from making it into one of the rarest
festivals in the world, the goal is to have it grow into one of the most
into one of the most unique festivals in the world.
Apart from making it into one of the
rarest festivals in the world, the goal is to have it grow into one of the
most loved ones.
What is the Jozenji
The "LIVE 141 Jozenji
StreetJazz Festival" first began in 1987,
the same year that the Sendai Subway opened, and continued for four years
at the 141 Building's L-Park. In order to re-develop the festival, the
musician Sakakibara Mitsuhiro was consulted. With
his idea that "by nature music is something to be done outdoors"
as a general concept, the festival made appeals to the people in the
shopping district and on Jozenji Street. In 1991
an executive committee was established, nine outdoor stages were selected
along Jozenji Street and Ichibancho,
and the modern "Jozenji StreetJazz
Festival in SENDAI" began.
The Jozenji StreetJazz Festival is this kind of festival.
The streets of Sendai, with Zelkova
tree-lined Jozenji Street as the focal point, are
transformed into stages for this event only and overflow with the sounds of
music. The music is of a variety of genres – jazz,
rock, ska, gospel to name a few. From children to the elderly, from the
performers to the executive staff who put the festival together, and of
course tourists visiting the city, everybody comes together to enjoy the
music. Professional musicians participate alongside amateurs, with no
restrictions on factors like age. Performers come from Miyagi prefecture
and all over the country. Groups even come from countries overseas, such as
Sweden and France, to take part in the festival in various genres. So long
as the musical performance is suited to the streets, the genre doesn't
matter. Not only jazz, but pop artists, world music acts, and even rock
by Austin Gardiner, Nathan Collman, Liam Stormonth, Pamela Taylor and Wenny Ly.