TAEKO Album Release Concert
Thursday, October 10 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 5:00 p.m.)
Birdland Jazz Club – 315 W. 44th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Admission: $30 ($10 food and beverage minimum)
TAEKO, a Japanese-born, internationally acclaimed jazz singer based in New York, celebrates the release of her fourth album, Contemplation, at the historic Birdland Jazz Club on Thursday, October 10.
Mar Creation and Flat Nine Records are hosts of this concert. The soul-stirring trio of Theo Hill on piano, Alex Blake on bass, and Victor Jones on drums will join TAEKO on stage.
Growing up in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, the traditional Japanese music her father and grandfather played inspired TAEKO. However, she also became interested in American music at a young age. She counts traditional jazz, modern American music, and Eastern music among her influences in shaping her contemporary vocal style.
TAEKO moved to New York City in the late 1990s. With a never ending stream of musical ideas and a fluid delivery that shows years of dedication in studying her craft, TAEKO has built a dedicated fan base in both the U.S. and overseas. In addition to Birdland, she has performed at some of the most prestigious jazz clubs on the East Coast, including Zinc Bar, Jazz at Kitano, and Blue Note.
TAEKO’s new album starts off with her arrangement of Cedar Walton’s classic “Ugetsu.” It is a tribute to this year’s centennial celebration of Art Blakey, an American jazz drummer and bandleader. The title track, McCoy Tyner’s “Contemplation,” continues Taeko’s exploration of the Doug Carn songbook. Taeko’s arrangement of the song adds koto (Japanese 13-string harp) to the group, giving the pensive piece a distinctive Eastern-tinged meditative flavor.
“This album shows my true love and dedication to the African-American classical art form called jazz, as a singer who came from Japan where this music is truly loved,” says TAEKO.