Haruki Murakami and His Love of Jazz

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Haruki Murakami
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As an independent attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil works on habeas corpus cases as well as felony criminal cases. During law school, he volunteered for the public defender’s office in Cleveland. When Geoffrey Scovil is not practicing law in Albuquerque, he likes to read books by his favorite author, Haruki Murakami.

Before he became a bestselling author, Haruki Murakami rejected Japanese literature, art, and music and identified more with Western culture, including Hollywood movies, paperback books, and jazz music. When he was 23 years old, he managed a jazz club called Peter Cat in Tokyo, Japan. In an interview with Paris Review, Murakami admitted to being a fan of jazz music since the age of 13 or 14. He credits the melodies, rhythm, and chords as having a strong influence on his writing.

Murakami also wanted to learn to play an instrument, but he never developed the skill he wanted. For him, writing became his instrument for expression.


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