Cotton Club takes its name from the iconic Harlem club that gained fame during the 1920s prohibition era. The original Cotton Club in New York once showcased some of America’s most legendary musicians, from Ella Fitzgerald to Duke Ellington. Opened in 2005, Tokyo’s Cotton Club aims to ‘bring back the glitter and sparkle’ of those nostalgic days. Located on the second floor of the TOKIA Tokyo building, this intimate and stylish venue attracts both local and international jazz musicians. Past performers have included R&B icon Ben E.King and singer Rita Coolidge, in addition to well-known Japanese artists such as saxophonist Itō Takeshi (T-SQUARE). Although jazz is Cotton Club’s primary focus, the venue often showcases a variety of other music genres, including soul, adult contemporary, Latin, and world music. Over the years, it has gained a loyal following of regulars, and its 180 seats are filled almost every night of the week. The club’s full fine-dining menu of French cuisine, excellent selection of beers, vodkas, whiskies, and champagnes, as well as a curated wine selection, only add to the elegant atmosphere.