Team Love RavenHouse Gallery in New Paltz presents another fascinating art exhibit in August. “Tokyo Jazz Joints,” a collaboration between photographer Philip Arneill and jazz deejay and blogger James Catchpole, documents the phenomenon of tiny clubs and cafés in Japan, known as kissa, where Japanese jazz aficionados would (and still do) congregate to drink coffee or beer and listen to hour after hour of American and European jazz on vinyl. Jazz records were historically quite expensive in Japan. The Japanese obsession with American jazz in the 1950s and ’60s inspired fans to pool resources, developing a listening-room subculture that survives into the present.
“Tokyo Jazz Joints” opens with a reception at Team Love RavenHouse on August 1 from 5 until 7 p.m. Philip Arneill will be present. The show runs until mid-September. Team Love RavenHouse Gallery is located at 11 Church Street in New Paltz. For more information, visit www.tl-rh.com.