Taeko's Jazz East Meets West at Birdland, Thurs Feb 11 + Apap Showcases

TAEKO entices her audience in a most organic way with her naturally appealing voice, unique musical ideas and fluid delivery. Born and raised on the outskirts of Kyoto, Japan, she was inspired early on by the traditional Japanese music her father and grandfather played, and has been singing as long as she could remember. TAEKO's interest in American music was piqued while still in Japan. Her early influences are Ella Fitzgerald, Sam Cook, and Aretha Franklin. In 1998, she moved to New York City to dig deeper and follow her dream. Traditional jazz, modern American music, and Eastern music heritage shape her contemporary vocal style to this day. Russ Musto of All About Jazz-New York describes TAEKO as "A singer of uncommon originality with a voice all her own."

TAEKO regularly performs in New York City between tour dates. She has been featured at the Cape May Jazz Festival, the Women in Jazz Festival, and Newburgh Jazz Series, and was a finalist in the 2008 NYC Jazzmobile Jazz Vocal Competition.

2013, TAEKO released her third CD in the US "Wonderland" (Flat Nine Records), presenting creative renditions of American Jazz and Pop classics and Japanese folk song in collaboration with legendary DOUG CARN who released excellent series of albums from Black Jazz Label in 1970's. TEAKO also contributed her vocal works for CD "Time for Class" by a veteran drummer Victor Jones who's best-known for his work with Chaka Khan, Phyllis Hyman, and Dizzy Gillespie.

Come and celebrate TAEKO's debut at historic Birdland!

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

APAP2016 Showcase at Beekman Parlor in NY Hilton Hotel
New York Hilton Hotel - Beekman Parlor (2nd floor)
Address: 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

Saturday January 16th at 3:00pm (15 minutes)

Sunday January 17th at 3:30pm (15 minutes)

TAEKO -vocal, Noah Haidu -piano,
Marcus Mclaurine -bass, Tommy Campbell -Drums

" An absolute mastery of musical vocabulary and timing."

"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

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