Hatano Jazz Band (in Japanese called Hatano Orchestra) are often quoted as the 'first jazz band' in Japan. In 1912 they went to San Francisco as a ship band, and brought back sheet music of American Tin Pan Alley songs. The band pioneered a kind of Japanese dance music that developed from the so-called salon music. They were formed by Fukutaro Hatano who studied at music university and formed the orchestra with his younger brother, performing at cinemas and dance halls. They were popular band of theTaisho period. This album includes the songs performed by not just Hatano Jazz Band, but other popular bands from the same period. Most songs are recorded acousticly (not electric). Full of rare performances to show the evolution of Japanese jazz and early dance music. Includes interesting recordings such as Oriental Dance, Spanish Serenade, Gypsy Dance performed by Hatano Orchestra, Koi koso Waga Kokoro by Belgen Land Jazz Band, Karavan by Carton Jazz Band, Walla Walla by Nitto Jazz Band, Arabiya no Uta by Shochiku-za Jazz Band. 21 tracks in total.