TAEKO -vocal, Noah Haidu -piano,
Marcus Mclaurine -bass, Tommy Campbell -Drums
Thursday February 11th at 6PM
Address: 315 West 44th St, New York, NY 10036
Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm
Music Cover: $25 (and $10 Food& Drink Minimum)
" An absolute mastery of musical vocabulary and timing."
-ALL ABOUT JAZZ
“A truly gifted and talented performer"
-Sal Riggi, Executive Director, Cape May Jazz Festival
“TAEKO is one of the top Jazz performers in the US and the world”
-Gino Morati, Artistic Director, Jazz at Kitano New York
It only takes a second to know that you are hearing something truly special, when you hear a song sung by TAEKO. This Japanese native moved to New York City from Shiga, Japan in the late 90’s and quickly garnered the nickname “Songbird” from the NYC jazz elite. With a stunning four octave range, she sings with a vocal dexterity reminiscent of Ella, and a sure-footed inimitable delivery which calls to mind the Divine One, Sarah Vaughan, herself.
With a never ending stream of musical ideas and a fluid delivery that shows years of dedication in studying her craft, little is left to doubt how TAEKO has built a dedicated fan base in both the U.S. and overseas. Growing up in Japan, she was inspired early on by the traditional Japanese music her father and grandfather played, and has been singing as long as she can remember. TAEKO 's interest in American music was piqued while still a young child. In her formative musical years she counts traditional jazz, modern American music, and Eastern music among her influences in shaping her contemporary vocal style to this day.
“In the early stages of my jazz studies I immersed myself in not only the great vocalists but instrumentalist as well.”, said TAEKO. “The one thing that I caught early on was that each had their own individual style. While they could and sometimes, did mimic others in paying tribute through a solo or performance – for all of those masters you could always tell who they were. That’s what I’ve focused on for all of these years, developing my voice, and finding my own place in the musical landscape.”
TAEKO has perfected her craft over the last few years as she has graced the stages of some of the most heralded Jazz clubs on the East Coast, including, The Kitano, the Zinc Bar, the Minton’s Playhouse, and the Blue Note. Additionally, she has been featured at such prominent U.S. festivals as the Cape May Jazz Festival, the Women in Jazz Festival in New York City, the United Philadelphia Jazz Festival, the North East Florida Jazz Festival, and Newburgh Jazz Series, in addition to her performances at numerous Jazz festivals in Japan. TAEKO was also a finalist in the 2008 NYC JazzMobile Jazz Vocal Competition.
TAEKO has sung the National Anthem at the Japan Run in New York City for the past 5 years, and she was a featured artist at the 5th annual Japan Day at Central Park in New York City 2011. In 2013, TAEKO released her critically acclaimed third CD in the US “Wonderland” (Flat Nine Records), which features a “who’s who” of jazz heavy hitters.
TAEKO is currently working on her new recording entitled “Jazz Standards”, which is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2016. The project revisits legendary and contemporary music standards from the American jazz repertoire and those based in Japanese fold music.
TAEKO's homepage www.songbirdtaeko.com
-Other featured dates-
2/14 Valentine's Day Sunday Jazz Brunch in New Rochelle
4/24~ Japan Tour (Biwako Jazz Festival etc.)