Tokyo’s Blue Note is part of a small franchise of jazz venues located across Asia, Europe, and the U.S. The original Blue Note opened in New York City in 1981, and continues to rank among the top jazz venues in the world. Blue Note in Tokyo, similarly, has drawn some of the globe’s most preeminent jazz musicians since its opening in 1988, consistently hosting sold-out performances and receiving rave revues by local and international media. Past performers have included singer-songwriter Natalie Cole, New Orleans legend Dr. John, and vibraphonist Milt Jackson, while jazz pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi has released multiple albums of her live performances at Blue Note, including Last Live in Blue Note Tokyo. The club is said to be among the most expensive jazz venues in Tokyo, but its high-caliber acts continue to attract locals and tourists alike. The cosy yet classy venue, which seats about 300 people, is decorated with dark woods, velvets, and pale blue accents. The drink menu offers beer, Japanese sake, whisky, champagne, and original cocktails, while the food is a mix of Japanese and European fare.