Live Under the Sky
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Live Under the Sky

Live under the sky was an annual jazz festival held in summer, July and August, at the Denen Coliseum and Yomiuriland in Tokyo and other areas in Japan. The multiple day festival featured musicians from Japan and other countries performing on different stages. It was held from 1977 - 1992.

Notable artists at Live under the sky were Buzz Feiten, Kimiko Kasai, "V.S.O.P." quintet, Pedro Aznar, Masahiko Togashi, Terumasa Hino, Sadao Watanabe, McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, Elis Regina, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Stanley Clarke, Toshiyuki Honda, Sonny Rollins, Paco de Lucía, Carlos Santana in 1981[1], Weather Report, The Crusaders, Gil Evans, Black Uhuru, Sly and Robbie, Miles Davis, John Scofield, Roberta Flack, Al Di Meola, Branford Marsalis, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Samul nori, Wayne Shorter, Jack DeJohnette, Kazumi Watanabe, Eugene Pao, Eddie Gómez, Marlon Jordan, Pat Metheny, David Sanborn, Don Alias, Sun Ra, Marshall Allen, Danny Thompson, Billy Bang, Marilyn Mazur, Michael Brecker, Mike Stern, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, Don Grolnick, Yoshio Suzuki, Gunther Schuller, Roberta Flack, Masahiko Satoh, Alex Acuna, Nana Vasconcelos, Kazutoki Umezu, Al Jarreau, Philippe Saisse, Steve Gadd, Michel Godard, Milton Nascimento, Omar Hakim, Marcus Miller, Lalah Hathaway, Dean Brown, Everette Harp, Larry Coryell, Billy Cobham, Paul Wertico, Harold Smiley Davis.

Live under the sky (established in 1977), Newport Jazz Festival in Madarao (established in 1982) and Mount Fuji Jazz Festival (established in 1986) are the big 3 jazz festivals in the history of jazz in Japan.[2]

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  1. ^ Carlos Santana The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light 0316244910 2014 "By 1981, it felt like the spirit of the '60s had left America and gone overseas-- that was the year Santana played the Live under the Sky festival in Japan, an event that put rock and jazz together. Santana played, Herbie Hancock's V.S.O.P. band played, and then we played together, along with Herbie and Tony Williams. The old Fillmore Auditorium spirit was alive again--there, anyway...."
  2. ^ Archived 18 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine (

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