From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo, firstname.lastname@example.org WARMEST WISHES FOR THE HOLIDAYS My Dear Friends, I hope the season has been treating you well. I am happy to report that my group had a tremendous success at the Cape May Jazz Festival in November! Great reviews have been flowing in, including the comments from the Executive Director, Salvador A. Riggi Jr. and a great saxophonist and jazz educator, Tim Price (See the bottom of this email.) Before I hit the road to Japan (yes, again) this weekend, it would be very nice to see YOU at one or both of my shows in NYC listed below. BTW… curious to know how I approach the American songbook when performing in Japan?
This brand-new video on You Tube will tell you. Enjoy!
[Video: TAEKO the songbird sings in Tokyo]
[Upcoming Shows in NY]
http://songbirdtaeko.com Tuesday, December 7th, 8:30pm-11pm
Venue: BOOM in SOHO
Address: 152 Spring St (between Wooster St & Broadway) New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 431-3663
No Cover Charge
With Eric Lemon on Bass and Kevin McNeal on Guitar Thursday December 9th, 7:30pm-11:30pm
Venue: MOBAY UPTOWN in Harlem
Address: 17 W 125th Street (between 5th Ave and Lenox Ave)
New York, NY 10027
No Cover Charge
With Lou Rainone on piano, Gaku Takanashi on bass and Dwayne ‘Cook’ Broadnax on drums [More Shows]
December 13-25 JAPAN TOUR (Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe, Shiga, Japan)
Sunday, January 23 Ossining Public Library (Ossining, NY)
February 8 -13 in Florida, Doug Carn Featuring TAEKO
Sunday, February 20 Merkin Concert Hall (New York, NY)
Thank you for your love, support and inspirations through out the year.
Have a safe and joyful year end and New Year! Yours truly, TAEKO
Flat Nine Records, Inc.
CD VOICE is available at
By Salvador A. Riggi Jr., Executive Director, Friends of Cape May Jazz, Inc.
“As Executive Director of the Friends of Cape May Jazz, Inc. I have the privilege of listening to the music of artists performing at our scheduled Bank of America Cape May Jazz Festival. Prior to this festival one artist caught my attention and that artist was a Japanese Vocalist named Taeko. After listening to her CD I knew that I had to make sure that I attended her performance. Upon arriving at Carney’s Other Room on the first night of the Cape May Jazz Festival I was surprised to find the venue filled to capacity. As I walked to my reserved table I was not only taken back by her physical beauty, but by the beautiful sound of her voice and her strong presence on stage. As I listened to her sing I could hear sounds of Ella Fitzgerald and maybe a touch of Sara Vaughn. Her onstage presence was a clear indication that not only was she singing the song but she became part of the song, which is a clear sign of a truly gifted and talented performer. Further strengthening her presence was the band backing her. Taeko’s impact on the audience was also obvious since no one left the room until she completed each of her three sets. During and after the festival ended many people asked me if Taeko would ever return to the Cape May Jazz Festival; my response was short and simple……I can guarantee that Taeko will indeed return to the Cape May Jazz Festival!”
"So….I headed to Cape May Jazz Festival Friday to do my sax workshops and the super jams at Carneys Bar as part of the festival that I do. Other years I headlined with bands of mine-but more so than not I am there in Exit Zero pretty much of the time in festival season. It gives me time to hear and say hello to old friends, like Bob Mintzer,Winston Byrd and Geno White. Friday….I walked into Carneys to grab a Dewars to chill and think about some heavy stuff my man Bob Mintzer and I were talking about.
As I sat down,I was awe struck by a singer named Taeko. Not only was her voice beautiful and unique but her band of Gaku Takanashi, G Earl Grice,and Lou Rainone was swinging and great. Lou is a world class soloist and Gaku and Earl have a pocket of grooves that were right on target -they are some of the best players I have had the pleasure to hear in a while. They are as great as anyone on the scene as well. In a world of singers-and female vocalists Taeko Fukao stands tall. She can sing the melody as beautifully as possible, and gives herself to the listener with the only intent being as sincere and honest as she can be. She is on deep musical terms with her audience, that shows her essence as a fantastic person as well. It is then that people really listen to what you have to say as a musician-and this is what separated Taeko from the dozens of vocalists today. People sense total honesty and sincerity more than anything in her scat singing, she is a great soloist and tells a great story in her solos. I really loved the sound of her voice on " Infant Eyes", not only was it sensual and rich but also she knows what makes a ballad a ballad.You can hear she has studied the great instrumentalists. Her phrasing is out of sight, and I’d say without hesitation she is one of the most gifted jazz singers of this era. That’s right, one of the MOST gifted jazz singers of this era. She certainly had the tools – effortless vibrato, broad range, matchless phrasing, imaginative solo technique – to match any instrumentalist. Lastly-Do you want to know what real vocal jazz is all about? Do you want to listen to a lady who has class, and has vocal chops to back it up? Look no further.Taeko’s style is so perfect and crystal clear that anybody who loves good singers will really enjoy giving her a listen. Her ability to deliver a tune with a jazzy soulful style impresses me greatly;Taeko’s’s sophisticated phrasing combined with her timing made her singing very, very special. In addition, she has excellent players in her trio. She is the real deal-and truly deserves world class attention in the world of jazz. At Cape May Jazz Festival she sang passionately and her ability to scat never ceases to amaze me. She enjoyed an excellent rapport with her adoring audience and she possessed an internal charisma that shines through all her material. She’s got a fan for life here- check her out and you’ll hear what I mean."