Haruki Murakami’s Passion for Jazz: Discover the Novelist’s Jazz Playlist, Jazz Essay & Jazz Bar

If you've ever read a Murakami novel, you know that he loves musical references. This article contains a playlist of some of the jazz musicians and songs he refers to in numerous stories as well as a quick history of Murakami's former jazz bar Tom Cat. Enjoy! “I had my first encounter with jazz in 1964 when I was 15,” Murakami writes in the New York Times. “Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers performed in Kobe in January that year, and I got a ticket for a birthday present. This was the first time I really listened to jazz, and it bowled me over. I was thunderstruck.”

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