English guide

Times And Prices
First Set 8:30pm Second Set 10:00pm
※until 25th Dec. First Set 7:30pm Second Set 8:45pm
Fee 2,800yen – 3,000yen(without Special Gig, varies daily – check the Daily Live Schedule page)
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available.
(See the Drink Menu page)
About Us
SLOWBOAT Jazz Club was founded in 1995 by the late pianist Ryo Fukui, and since then it has been one of the most vibrant jazz venues in Sapporo booking some of the finest local players alongside of nationally (and sometimes internationally) renowned musicians. This includes the bebop jazz legend Barry Harris, who visited and played at the club many times.
Unfortunately Ryo passed away in 2016, but SLOWBOAT is still going strong drawing jazz fans from Sapporo and beyond.
About Ryo Fukui
Born in 1948, Ryo started playing accordion at age 18 and switched to piano when he was 22.

He recorded his first album “Scenery” in 1976 and second album “Mellow Dream” the following year which led to wider recognition.

In 1982 he moved to Tokyo and began performing at some of the most prestigious venues in Japan such as Shinjuku Pit Inn, Kichijouji Sometime and Lovely, in Nagoya.

He met his life-long friend and mentor Barry Harris in 1992 and kept pursuing bebop style piano playing since that time. Their friendship led Harris to play many concerts in Sapporo as well as workshops for aspiring young musicians.

Ryo’s fourth release, “Ryo Fukui In New York” (1999) was recorded in New York with the members of Harris’ trio, Leroy Williams (drums) and Lyle Atkinson (bass).

His recordings also became known to jazz fans abroad, and acclaimed English DJ Gilles Peterson included the track “Early Summer” (from “Scenery”) in his compilation “Shibuya Jazz Classics” (2003).

In 1995, the pianist opened his own jazz club SLOWBOAT where he performed regularly with his trio.

As well as pursuing his own career, he took many young musicians under his wing, passing on his knowledge and experience on the bandstand and also through many after-hours jam sessions.

Ryo kept playing until right before his untimely passing in 2016, and his work is loved by jazz aficionados in Japan and worldwide.