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Internationally-Acclaimed Songstress TAEKO New Album Contemplation Release Show: October 10th At Birdland!


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A masterpiece. TAEKO's Contemplation sings truth to power with much love.
—Lamon Fenner, WHCR 90.3 FM, The Voice of Harlem
Contemplation Album Release Show
October 10th at 5:30pm
Birdland Jazz Club
315 West 44th St
New York, NY 10036

TAEKO: Vocals
Theo Hill: Piano
Francois Moutin: Bass
Victor Jones: Drums
Guest: Sumie Kaneko: Koto

Hot House Magazine full page feature (October, 2019)

Online Show “Jazz Cafe" to feature TAEKO as its host

Jazz singer extraordinaire and entrepreneur TAEKO returns as host of the online show JAZZ CAFE. The popular series has run for seven years and has featured some of Jazz's greatest masters, will be available this winter on Neworldtv.com and on the Neworld youtube channel.

Future Performances

Saturday October 26th
Zinc Bar
82 W 3rd St
New York, NY 10012
(917) 326-0451

Brownstone Jazz, NYC
November show date TBA
107 Macon St
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(917) 704-9237

Mister Kelly's, Osaka Japan
Monday, December 2, 2019

About Contemplation

Internationally-acclaimed jazz songstress from Japan, TAEKO releases her 4th album in the U.S. as a leader on October 10, 2019 entitled Contemplation (Flat Nine Records).

In TAEKO's own words (pronounced Tie-Koe): “This album shows my true love and dedication to the African-American classical art form called jazz, as a singer who came from Japan where this music is truly loved."

With a never-ending stream of musical ideas and fluidity of delivery that shows years of studying her craft, TAEKO has built a distinctively unique approach to jazz in addition to mastering the traditional vocal and instrumental aspects. This album features songs written by the beloved jazz greats such as Cedar Walton, Mal Waldron, Billie Holiday, Chick Corea, Bill Evans, and Benny Golson, with TAEKO's unique point of view and arrangement.

The album's title track, McCoy Tyner's “Contemplation", continues Taeko's exploration of the Doug Carn songbook, her latest interpretation of the keyboardist/composer's lyrics, following her successful previous recordings of his words to Wayne Shorter's “Infant Eyes", Bobby Hutcherson's “Little B's Poem" and Miles Davis's (Bill Evans) “Blue In Green". Taeko's arrangement of the song adds Sumie Kaneko's koto (Japanese 13-string harp) to the group, giving the pensive piece a distinctive Eastern tinged meditative flavor.


TAEKO moved to New York City from Shiga, Japan in the late '90s and quickly garnered the nickname “Songbird" from the NYC jazz elite. With a stunning four octave range, she sings with “deep soulfulness reminiscent of Anita Baker with sophisticated scatting a la Ella" as jazz critics have described.

With a never ending stream of musical ideas and a fluid delivery that shows years of dedication in studying her craft, little is left to doubt how TAEKO has built a dedicated fan base in both the U.S. and overseas. Growing up in Japan, she was inspired early on by the traditional Japanese music her father and grandfather sang, and has been singing as long as she can remember. TAEKO's interest in American music was piqued while still a young child. In her formative musical years she counts traditional jazz, modern American music, and Eastern music among her influences in shaping her contemporary vocal style.

Release Date: October 10th, 2019
Label: Flat Nine Records

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