Yoshiko is a jazz singer who lives in Tokyo, Japan

Born in Yokohama, she started playing the Hammond Organ at the age of six, and by eight, she was singing with the famous pianists, Makoto and Minoru Ozone. In middle school, her first idol was the great jazz singer Sarah Vaughn. When she heard the Quincy Jones album, "The Dude", she was greatly impressed by the harmonica player “Toots Thielemans” who played “Velas” on that album.

At sixteen she moved to Massachusetts, in theU.S., as an exchange student where she played the piano in her high school jazz ensemble. She then majored in piano at Berklee College Of Music  and after 2 years, changed her major to vocal. During her college days, she belonged to the Reverence Gospel Choir, led by Orville Wright and Dennis Montgomery III, the accapella group, Vocal Summit, led by Robert Stoloff, and toured the east coast of U.S. As a soloist, she played many gigs around the Boston area and also appeared in local TV programs.

After she graduated Berklee College, she returned to Tokyo and started singing on the Tokyo jazz circuit. She also did studio work, singing and writing lyrics for TV show sound tracks, commercials, and sometimes arranging back up vocals.

Through the years, she often listened to Toots Thielemans' albums and seeing his concerts was always a great joy for her. She dreamed that someday in the future she could play with Toots.

Finally, in 2012, her biggest dream came true.

She flew to New York and Brussels to record with Toots Thielemans, Kenny Werner, Oscar Castro-Neves, Daniel Foose, John Riley and David Schroeder and on April 10th, 2013, she released her 4th album “BLUESETTE”.

 

(DISCOGRAPHY)

1999.12 - Debut album "This Side of Paradise" (Flat Fish Record)
2005.12 - 2nd album "Love's the Greatest Mystery" (What's New Records)
2007.8 - 3rd album "Bon Voyage" (What's New Records)

2013.4 - 4th album "BLUESETTE ~ Homage to Toots Thielemans ~" (D-musica)

Member: Kenny Werner (piano), Oscar Castro-Neves (guitar)

Daniel Foose (bass), John Riley (drums)

David Schroeder (alto sax,sop sax,bass flute,alto flute)

with Special Guest Toots Thielemans on harmonica.

Recorded in New York and Brussels

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