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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

Birdland NYC


Off Sale

There is a $10.00 food or drink minimum per person. Dinner is served between 5pm-1am.

TAEKO- vocal
Helen Sung - piano
Kenny Davis- bass
Tommy Campbell - drums

Japanese native, TAEKO 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 “deep soulfulness reminiscent of Anita Baker with sophisticated scatting a la Ella” as jazz critics describe.

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 sang, 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, Zinc Bar, the Blue Note, and Birdland. 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 6 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.