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A creative and subtle jazz and ballad vocalist, Aniya puts a lot of heart and feeling into the lyrics that she sings. Her warm and quietly expressive voice is heard regularly in the Los Angeles area.

When she was 18, Aniya started working in Tokyo nightclubs as a singer-pianist, mostly performing pop music. After she graduated from college, she had an opportunity to perform at a Japanese nightclub in San Francisco for a few months. After returning home, she soon returned to California, moving to Los Angeles where she studied at the Dick Grove School Of Music. Sue Raney was one of the vocal teachers and Aniya was greatly moved by her singing which inspired her to sing jazz.

Aniya picked up important experience as a member of the Tak Shindo Swing Band for several years, building up her repertoire and enjoying singing in front of a band. “I remember the first time I performed in front of 700 people with the Tak Shindo Swing Band. I was nervous, but only until I started singing. Once I started, I felt a huge wave of energy from the audience and 20 musicians playing behind me. It felt so good.”

She spent several years performing at a countless number of piano bars in the Japanese community of Los Angeles while studying jazz. Aniya met a lot of top musicians while singing at jam sessions and she started getting a lot of offers to work at jazz clubs. She appeared regularly at Chadney’s, Lunaria and Vagilio’s and also at the KLON Jazz Caravan and the Pasadena Summer Jazz Festival.

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A popular jazz and ballad singer based in the Los Angeles area, Aniya recently recorded and released her first CD. In Other Words matches her beautiful voice with the superb rhythm section of pianist Alan Broadbent, bassist Dave Carpenter and drummer Peter Erskine.

Born in Tokyo, Aniya has established herself in Los Angeles as a singer and pianist who has a very attractive voice and an intimate style. After performing at many clubs including regularly at the popular Koreatown jazz bar Bobby London, she was long overdue to make a recording that her fans and other jazz listeners would enjoy. Guitarist-producer Dirk K

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals




In Other Words

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