Wednesday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Jazz at Kitano – 66 Park Avenue (at E. 38th Street)
Cover: $20 with a $20 minimum for food and beverage
Monday Michiru, so named to reflect both her Japanese and American-Italian heritages, started her music endeavors studying classical flute then expanded to singing and songwriting. The daughter of famed jazz musicians Toshiko Akiyoshi and Charlie Mariano and the stepdaughter of venerable flautist Lew Tabackin, Monday Michiru easily adapted the language of jazz heard at home into her other musical influences, which range from soul to urban club to Brazilian and more.
Debuted in Japan as an Actress
She started her musical endeavors by studying classical flute then expanded to singing and songwriting. Her 1987 debut in Japan was not in music but as an actress, which garnered her Best New Actress awards that allowed her to expand her career acting in movies, stage theater, and television, as well as hosting her own video programs and modeling for major commercial ads.
Since her 1991 solo record debut, Monday has consistently released albums on an annual basis both of her solo works as well as a featured guest on various artists’ projects internationally. Her musical style runs the gamut from house to jazz to Latin to soul, an indefinable hybrid that is undeniably hers. Her most recent recording Naked Breath 2, an acoustic duet album, is a departure from her more produced works showcasing her songwriting skills.
Sean Harkness (guitar) and Boris Kozlov (bass) will join Michiru onstage at Jazz at Kitano. To make a reservation to see the trio, please call the Kitano at 212.885.7119.
Michiru has been able to parlay her pedigree into a significant career of her own, staking a place within jazz as singer and composer crafting danceable but artistically significant Brazilian flavored acid-jazz and soul with an underground flair…Multi-talented with a lot to show for it, Monday Michiru’s lack of any commercial success in the American market is a bit baffling and the uncompromising Soulception likely won’t break her into it. But that’s on us Americans, not her. The few Yanks who will find this record are likely to consider themselves lucky that they did.”
— Something Else
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