Taeko Fukao Quartet at Jazz at Kitano

Songbird TAEKO Returns to the Kitano

Thursday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

Jazz at Kitano – 66 Park Avenue (at E. 38th Street)

Cover: $18 with a $20 minimum for food and beverage

Internationally acclaimed New York-based Japanese jazz singer TAEKO returns to Jazz at Kitano. Her first set is from 8:00 p.m. until 9:15 p.m., and the second set is from 9:45 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Sharp Radway on piano, Alex Blake on bass, and Victor Jones on drums will round out the quartet.


TAEKO grew up in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Early on, she listened to the traditional Japanese music her father and grandfather played. She also became interested in American music at a young age. Traditional jazz, modern American music, and Eastern music are among her influences. They’ve all shaped her contemporary vocal style.

TAEKO moved to New York City in the late 1990s and has been a regular at the Kitano since 2007. In addition to the Kitano, she has performed at some of the most prestigious jazz clubs on the East Coast, including Zinc Bar, Birdland, and Blue Note.

She released her fourth album, Contemplation, in October 2019. Suzanne Lorge calls TAEKO “a confident scat singer and passionate interpreter of classic American jazz and pop tunes” in her review of the album for New York City Jazz Record. You can find the album at CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, and Spotify.

For more information about TAEKO, please visit her website.

The Kitano highly recommends reservations for Thursday’s performances. Call the Kitano at 212.885.7119. There is a $20 minimum food and beverage order for all guests. For more information, please visit the Kitano’s website.

TAEKO is one of the best performers in the U.S. and the world.”

– Gino Moratti, Artistic Director, Jazz at Kitano

JapanCultureNYC is the English-language website dedicated to all things Japanese in New York City. Discover your next favorite Japanese anything at JapanCulture-NYC.com.