TAEKO LIVE at Birdland New York City 2016


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TAEKO's show at Birdland Jazz Club in New York was a blast! Click the video above to experience. Coverage on various successful tours, the national Anthem singing at Central park in NY and more- Follow TAEKO's latest news on Facebook!

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TAEKO is one of the top performers in Jazz in the US and the world. Gino Moratti, Artistic Director, Jazz at Kitano New York

Taeko is one of the best of her generation.
Juanita Fleming - Jazz & Gospel Singer, Actress

I can say without hesitation she is one of the most gifted jazz singers of this era.
Tim Price (Saxophonist, Faculty at New School University)


Thu. Feb 8th.
Jazz at Kitano / Kitano Hotel

 Address: 66 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016
 Phone: (631) 509-6622
 Website: http://www.kitano.com/
 Show: 8pm & 9:45pm

Early arrivals received preferred seating
Reservation Highly Advised Tel 212 885 7119
Personnel: Noah Haidu - Piano, Marcus McLaurine - Bass, Mark Whitfield Jr. - Drums
Sat. Mar 10th.
Brownstone Jazz

Address: 107 Macon Street, Brooklyn, NY
Phone: (917) 704-9237
Live: 9PM - 12:30AM
- an intimate jazz room in a traditional Brownstone bed and breakfast. fishfry/corlslow/cornbread dinner is included.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sankofa.aban
Yelp Reviews: https://www.yelp.com/biz/brownstone-jazz-brooklyn

Personnel: Eric Lemon -Bass/Musical Director, TAEKO-vocal, Lafayette Harris - Piano, Victor Jones - Drums, TAEKO-vocal
Sat. Mar 31st.
The Sound Bite

A new restaurant in Hell's Kitchen that combines the fusion of Cajun, Southern & Italian flavors with live Jazz & Blues performances on Fridays and Saturdays.

Address: 737 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019/ Phone: (917) 409-5868
Live: 7PM and 9PM
Website: https://thesoundbiterestaurant.com
Cover Charge: $15

Personnel: TAEKO-vocal, Yoichi Uzeki -piano, Lonnie Plaxico - Bass, George Gray - Drums
Sun. May 13th.
The American National Anthem singing for the 12th Annual Japan Run
Central Park in New York City (at E 72nd Street)
Live : 8AM
Fri, June 1st.
Nawlins Seafood  Live: 10PM-2AM (3 sets)
Established destination in Freeport's Nautical Mile. Come out for great seafood and late hangout scene :-)

Website: http://www.nawlinsseafood.com
Address: 301 Woodcleft Avenue Freeport, NY 11520
Phone: (516) 206-8100
No Cover Charge

TAEKO - vocal, Yoichi Uezki- piano, Lonnie Plaxico - bass, George Gray- drums
Fri, June 15th
The Sound Bite  Live: 7PM and 9PM

A new restaurant in Hell's Kitchen that combines the fusion of Cajun, Southern & Italian flavors with live Jazz & Blues performances on Fridays and Saturdays.

Address: 737 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019/ Phone: (917) 409-5868
Website: https://thesoundbiterestaurant.com
No Cover Charge

TAEKO - vocal, Lafayette Harris- piano
Marcus Mclaurine - bass, Tommy Campbell- drums
Wed, August 1st
Emerald Restaurant with  Victor Jones Orchestrio
Website: https://www.restaurant-emerald.com
Address: 9704 Queens Blvd, Rego Park, NY 11374
Phone: 1-718-275-2045
Fri, August 31st
ZINC BAR / The Victor Jones Big Band

Address: 82 West 3rd Street (btw Thompson & Sullivan) Greenwich Village New York NY 10012
Phone: 212-477-ZINC (9462)
Live: 8pm to 10pm (One Set)
Website: http://zincbar.com

SPIGAME - Big Band Music written and inspired by Stan Getz, Gil Evans and Miles Davis, directed by Victor Jones. I will be appearing as a guest singer on a couple of songs.
Sat, September 15th
The Sound Bite  Live: 7PM and 9PM (Two Sets)
-A fun eatery in Hell's Kitchen that combines the fusion of Cajun, Southern & Italian flavors with Live Jazz. It's always a blast at the Sound Bite!!

A new restaurant in Hell's Kitchen that combines the fusion of Cajun, Southern & Italian flavors with live Jazz & Blues performances on Fridays and Saturdays.

Address: 737 9th Ave, New York, NY 1001
Phone: (917) 409-5868
Website: https://thesoundbiterestaurant.co
No Cover Charge, Two-drink Minimum

Personnel: TAEKO - vocal, Lafayette Harris - Piano, Lonnie Plaxico - Bass, Victor Jones - Drums
Sun. Sep 23rd.
Great Neck House, "Sunday at 3" Jazz Series
Address: 14 Arrandale Ave, Great Neck, NY 11024
Phone: (516) 482-0355
Website: https://www.gnparks.org/332/Live-Performances
Live : 3PM (One Set)
Admission Free
Personnel: TAEKO- Vocal, Lafayette Harris Jr. - Piano
Tue. Sep 25th.
Baha'i Center
 Address: 53 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003
 Phone: (212) 674-8998
 Live : 8PM

Black and Tan (Paul Hefner- Piano/Musical Director, Tara Nova- Vocal, TAEKO- Vocal, Cecilia Tenconi - Sax Marcus McLaurine - Bass, Victor Jones - Drums)

Mon. Oct 22nd.
Jazz Standard

Live : 7:30PM
Address: 116 E 27th St. New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-576-2232
Website: http://www.jazzstandard.com/
Guest appearance for Mingus Big Band

Sat. Nov 3rd.
Brownstone Jazz at Sankofa Aban
An intimate Jazz room in a traditional Brownstone Bed and Breakfast

Address: 107 Macon Street, Brooklyn, NY
Phone: (917) 704-9237
Live: 9PM - 12:30AM

$65 including Music & Dinner, Fish Fry/Coleslaw/Cornbread    After-Hour Jam Session
Eric Lemon- Bass & Musical Director     TAEKO - Vocal
Lafayette Harris – Piano     Victor Jones – Drums

Fri. Nov 9th.
Trumpet Jazz Club and Restaurant

Live: 8PM
Address: 6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ
Phone: (973) 744-2600
Website: http://www.trumpetsjazz.com/

SPIGAME - Big Band Music written and inspired by Stan Getz, Gil Evans and Miles Davis, directed by Victor Jones. TAEKO will appear as a guest singer.

Wed. Nov 28th.
Jazz at Kitano / Kitano Hotel
 One of the best Jazz clubs in New York City
 Address: 66 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016
 Phone: (631) 509-6622
 Website: http://www.kitano.com/
 Show: 8pm & 9:45pm
Music Charge: $18 + Food & Drink Minimum $20
Reservation Highly Advised Tel :  212-885-7119

TAEKO – Vocal, Lafayette Harris – PianoMarcus McLaurine – Bass, Tommy Campbell – Drums

Past Show

Thu. Nov 5th. 2015 / Akiba Tokyo TUC (Tokyo)
Fri. Nov. 6th. 2015 / La Saison Setsugekka (Hamamatsu)
Nov 7th, 8th. 2015 / Okazaki Jazz Street (Aichi)
Sun Nov. 9th. 2015 / Utagoe (Kyoto)
Tue. Dec 1st. 2015 / Yugeya (Shiga)
Wed. Dec 2nd. 2015 / Osaka, private party)
Thu. Dec 3rd. 2015 / After Hours Ban (Kurume)
Fri. Dec 4th. 2015 / Riverside (Hakata)
Sat. Dec 5th. 2015 / RAG featuring Marty Bracey (Kyoto)
Sun Dec. 6th. 2015 / Dinner Live at Tiopepe (Kyoto)


Sat. Jan 16th, 17th. 2016 : Beekman Parlor in Hilton Hotel NYC
Address: 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

Thu. Feb 11th. 2016 : Birdland Website: http://www.birdlandjazz.com/
Address: 315 West 44th St, New York, NY 10036 / Phone: 212-581-3080
TAEKO-Vocal, Noah Haidu-paino, Marcus Mclaurine-bass, Tommy Campbell-drums

Sun. Feb 14th. 2016 : Valentine's Day Jazz Brunch at Sweet Potatoes in New Rochelle Fine Southern Cuisine http://www.sweetpotatoesnr.com/
Address: 393 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801 / Tel:(914) 654-0500

Tue. Feb 16th. 2016 : Baha'i Center of Jazz

Address: 53 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003 Phone: (212) 222-5159
Website: http://www.bahainyc.org/page/page/Jazz-Night.aspx
Black & Tan: Paul Hefner - Piano & Musical Director, Cecilia Tenconi - Sax, Alex Blake- bass, Tommy Campbell - Drums, Tara Nova- Vocal, TAEKO - Vocal

Sun. Feb 28th. 2016 : Jazz Brunch at Sweet Potatoes in New Rochelle
Sweet Potatoes Restaurant - Fine Southern Cuisine http://www.sweetpotatoesnr.com/
Address: 393 North Ave, New Rochelle, NY 10801 Tel: (914) 654-0500

Sun. Mar 13th. 2016 : Jazz Brunch at Sweet Potatoes in New Rochelle
Sweet Potatoes Restaurant - Fine Southern Cuisine http://www.sweetpotatoesnr.com/
Address: 393 North Ave, New Rochelle, NY 10801 Tel: (914) 654-0500

Sun. Apr 10th. 2016 : Jazz Brunch at Sweet Potatoes in New Rochelle
Sweet Potatoes Restaurant - Fine Southern Cuisine http://www.sweetpotatoesnr.com/
Address: 393 North Ave, New Rochelle, NY 10801 Tel: (914) 654-0500

Tue. April 19th. 2016 : Tokyo Satin Doll
Thu. April 21st. 2016 : Shiga. Jazz Cafe & Gallery Yugeya
Sun. April 24th. 2016 : Biwako Jazz Festival, Shiga, Japan
Thu. April 28th. 2016 : Nagoya The Wiz

Sat. June 11th. 2016 : "Six Bands, Six Genres, Six Sculptures" at Storm King Art Center (Mountainville, New York) More Info: : http://stormking.org/
Storm King Art Center is partnering with Ferry Godmother Productions to present a fun-filled day of art and music for all generations, and TAEKO will appear as the closer of the event.
This event is included with regular Storm King Admission. To purchase discounted admission in advance visit www.eventbrite.com/e/six-bands-six-genres-six-sculptures-tickets-24598628159.

Thu. July 21st. 2016 : The Freeport Nautical Mile (Outdoor)
LIVE: 7:00 PM / PLACE: Freeport, NY / Black and Tan Concert featuring TAEKO

Fri. July 22nd, Wed. July 27th. 2016 : Zinc Bar
Victor Jones' Orchestrio featuring TAEKO
Address: 82 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012 / Phone: (212) 477-9462

Sat. July 30th. 2016 : Legendary Victor Jones' home coming gig at BMV Lounge
Address: 998 Columbus Ave (@109th St) Harlem, NYC / Live: 8:00 PM, No Cover
Member: Victor Jones - Drums, Alex Blake-Bass, Dylan Meek-Piano, TAEKO-Vocal

Thu. Oct 6th. 2016 : Birdland Website: http://www.birdlandjazz.com/
Address: 315 West 44th St, New York, NY / Phone: 212-581-3080

Sun. Oct 16th. 2016 :
Concert at Great Neck House
Website: http://www.greatneckparks.org/

Japan Tour 2016
Tue, November 15th : Tokyo - Akiba Tokyo TUC
Sat, November 19th : Nagoya - THE WIZ
Mon, November 21st : Kyoto - le club jazz
Wed, November 23rd : Private Party

Tue. Nov 24th. 2016 : ZINC BAR /
Website: http://www.zincbar.com
Address: 82 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012 / Phone: (212) 477-9462

Sat. Dec 10th. 2016 : Brownstone Jazz at Sankofa Aban / 9PM

Address: 107 Macon Street, Brooklyn, NY

Sat Dec. 19th. 2016 : Holiday Theater Production st Newark Symphony Hall "in Between Times" At Newark Symphony Hall, Newark NJ

Fri, Dec 23rd. 2016 : Shiga- Christmas Dinner Show at Hotel New Omi
Sat, Dec 24th. 2016 : Christmas Dinner Show at Rose'N'Berry Tawada
Sun. Dec 25th. 2016 : Sake & Jazz Christmas at Great Blue (Kobe, Japan)



Sat. Feb 11th. 2017 : The House of Brews
Address: 1509 Main St, Port Jefferson, NY 11777 / Phone: (631) 509-6622

Sat. Mar 4st. 2017 : Smalls
Address: 183 West 10th Street, Basement New York City, NY 10014/ Phone: (646) 476-4346

Tue Mar 21st. 2017 :New York Baha’i Center
Address: 53 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003 / Phone: (212) 674-8998

Thur Apr 6th. 2017 : Birdland
Address: 315 West 44th St, New York, NY 10036 / Phone: 212-581-3080

Mon April 10th. 2017 : Black & Tan Show Concert
Address: Clement's Place (in Rutger's University Campus)/ 15 Washington, Newark, NJ

Fri April 14th. 2017 : Good Friday Blues Mass at St. Marks Church in-the-Bowery
Venue: St. Marks Church in-the-Bowery
Address: 131 E 10th Street, New York City (at the corner of Stuyvesant and Second Avenue)

JAPAN TOUR Spring 2017

April 21 / The Wiz (Nagoya), April 22 / Shijuku Jazzspot J (Tokyo)
April 23 / Biwako Jazz Festival (Higashiomi, Shiga), April 25 / Osaka Freedom University (Osaka)
April 26 / Yugeya (Omihachiman, Shiga), April 28 / Livespot RAG (Kyoto)
April 29 / Akitsushima AIC Private Concert (Kyoto)

Sun. May 14th. 2017 : The American National Anthem solo singing at Japan Run
Address: Central Park, NY

Wed. May 24th. 2017 : Most Precious Blood Church
Address: 109 Mulberry Street, New York City

Fri. Jun 30th. 2017 : Grasso's Restaurant
Address: 134 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, New York 11724/ Phone: 631-367-6060

Thu. Jul 27th. 2017 : JAZZ AT KITANO (New York City)
Address: 66 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Fri. Jul 28th. 2017 : Night Town (Cleveland, Ohio) 
Address: 12387 Cedar RoadCleveland, OH 44106 / Phone: 216-795-0550

Thu. Aug 24th. 2017 : Freeport Nautical Mile Outdoor Concert

Sun. Sep 24th. 2017 : The House of Brews
Address: 1509 Main St, Port Jefferson, NY 11777 / Phone: (631) 509-6622

JAPAN SHOWS Fall 2017 (October 3~October 13, 2017)

Tuesday October 3rd  Shiga Yugeya Omihachiman
Thursday October 5th  Akiba Tokyo TUC - featuring Satoshi Inoue (Guitar)
Saturday October 7th   TAEKO Dinner Show at AIC Akitsushima Kyoto 
Thursday October 12th  Hakata Riverside
Friday October 13th   Kurume Roukette

Thu. Dec 7th. 2017 : Birdland
Address: 315 West 44th St, New York, NY 10036 / Phone: 212-581-3080





The thrilling and striking New York-based Japanese songstress TAEKO FUKAO's 3rd and best record to date in electrifying collaboration with jazz geniuses such as legendary DOUG CARN who released excellent series of albums from Black Jazz Label in 1970's and veteran drummer Victor Jones who's best-known for his work with Chaka Khan, Phyllis Hyman, and Dizzy Gillespie, evincing her mastery of musical vocabulary with powerful and creative renditions of American Jazz and Pop classics and Japanese folk song.















© 2013 Flat Nine Records, Inc. Manufactured in the USA.
All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

Jazz Inside Magazine's November-2013 issue features TAEKO and her new release "Wonderland"


Personnel: Taeko Fukao: Vocals, Greg Lewis: Organ, Keven McNeal: Guitar, Doug Richardson: Drums
Melodica, Lou Rainone: Piano, Gaku Takanashi: Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass, Wah-Wah Guitar
Produced by Doug Richardson & Taeko Fukao

2. I MEAN YOU (YOU KNOW WHO)/ 3:21 8. BIWAKO / 4:04
3. SOOCHOW SERENADE/ 3:47 9. SUGAR/ 5:12
5. ON A CLEAR DAY/ 2:34 11. STAND! /3:13
6. SPRING NOCTURNE/ 1:56 12. BONUS TRACK - BIWAKO (english version)/ 3:41

Mixed by Katherine Miller, Cover Design by Masumi, Front Cover Photo by Yoshi Ono, Inside Cover Photo by Kimiyo Okubo. Make-up by Hiroko Sacripante, Costume of Front Photo by ARTE GROUP INC., Produced by Doug Richardson & Taeko Fukao


Available at cdbaby.com, amazon.co.jp


Taeko Fukao: Vocals, Harry Whitaker: Piano

Misha Tsiganov: Piano, Gaku Takanashi: Bass

Dwayne Burno: Bass, Doug Richardson: Drums & Piano

Produced by: Doug Richardson & Taeko Fukao



1. One Love - Opening /0:18 (Bob Marley) 7. I Hear a Rhapsody /4:57
2. It Could Happen To You /3:03   8. Trav'lin' Light /5:32
3. Dindi /6:23 9. People Make the World Go Round /5:50
4. Would You Believe /3:54 10. Little B's Poem /3:35
5. I've Never Been Love Before /3:05 11. One Love /1:12
6. Hoshi-no Love Letter /6:32  

Mixed by Katherine Miller, Cover Design by Masumi, Front Cover Photo by Yoshi Ono, Inside Cover, Photo by Kimiyo Okubo. Produced by Doug Richardson & Taeko Fukao

You Taught My Heart to Sing - Recorded 2004

Track 1-8:
Taeko - vocal, Toru Dodo - piano, Ron "Rondew" Monroe - bassguitar, Doug Richardson - drums

Arranged by: Doug Richardson.

Track 9:Taeko - vocal, Doug Richardson - piano



1 . East of the Sun /2:46 6. I Thought about You /3:03
2. Girl Talk /3:43 7. That's All /5:01
3. People Make the World Go Round /4:57 8. How Deep Is the Ocean /4:10
4. You Taught My Heart to Sing /7:51 9. If You Could See Me Now /4:17
5. The Way You Look Tonight /3:41 - Total Time: 39:32

Stories Of Life- Recorded 2002

Personal: Taeko Fukao - vocals, Doug Richardson - piano.

Arranged by: Doug Richardson

Recorded at Astoria Soundworks Studios, New York, September 17, 2002.

Recording Engineer: Kamilo Krate, Photos: Yoshi Ono Produced by Taeko Fukao


1. Old Folks /4:14 5. Infant Eyes /6:18
2. Body and Soul /6:57 6. Ceora /5:22
3. My One and Only Love /4:51 7. Softly As In a Morning Sunrise /5:02
4. A Child Is Born /6:02 - Total Time: 37:66

TAEKO - Recorded 1999

Personal: Taeko Fukao - vocals

Takana Miyamoto - piano

Gaku Takanashi - Bass

Doug Richardson - Drums.

Recorded at: Sonic Shop NYC, March 1999.

1. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise /3:47 5. Love For Sale /6:02
2. Body And Soul /3:32 6. 'S Wonderful /2:11
3. I Didn't Know What Time It Was /3:32 - Total Time: 22:59
4. Bye Bye Blackbird /3:52


I Mean You
Live at Kitano, New York City 2015
TAEKO Scats on Blue Monk
at Ashford and Simpson's Sugar Bar, New York City
A Child is Born (short clip)
Concerts in Japan 2015
Autumn in New York
Concerts in Japan 2015
Live at Kitano, New York City 2015
TAEKO with Doug Carn, Lonnie Plaxico & Victor Jones
Outdoor Concert in Atlantic City 2012
Sugar Bar All-Star Band featuring TAEKO
at Ashford and Simpson's Sugar Bar, NYC 2013
Infant Eyes - TAEKO
It Could Happen to You -TAEKO Biwako/Sukiyaki - TAEKO
at Japan Day 2011
Summertime, Takedano Komoriuta-TAEKO
at Japan Day 2011  
TAEKO's selfie - Softly



“TAEKO is one of the top Jazz performers in the US and the world”
- Gino Morati, Artistic Director at Kitano New York

“A truly gifted and talented performer"
- Sal Riggi, Executive Director, Cape May Jazz Festival

“TAEKO tempers deep soulfulness reminiscent of Anita Baker with sophisticated scatting a la Ella Fitzgerald." - http://blogcritics.com


 Japanese native, TAEKO moved to New York City from Shiga, Japan in the late 90’s 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 describe.
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 to this day.

  “In the early stages of my jazz studies I immersed myself in not only the great vocalists but instrumentalist as well.” said TAEKO. “The one thing that I caught early on was that each had their own individual style. While they could and sometimes, did mimic others in paying tribute through a solo or performance – for all of those masters you could always tell who they were. That’s what I’ve focused on for all of these years, developing my voice, and finding my own place in the musical landscape.”

  TAEKO has perfected her craft over the last few years as she has graced the stages of some of the most heralded Jazz clubs on the East Coast, including, Birdland, the Smalls Jazz Club, The Kitano, the Zinc Bar, the Minton’s Playhouse, and the Blue Note. Additionally, she has been featured at such prominent U.S. festivals as the Cape May Jazz Festival, the Women in Jazz Festival in New York City, the United Philadelphia Jazz Festival, the North East Florida Jazz Festival, and Newburgh Jazz Series, in addition to her performances at numerous Jazz festivals in Japan. TAEKO was also a finalist in the 2008 NYC JazzMobile Jazz Vocal Competition. TAEKO has sung the American National Anthem at the annual Japan Run in the Central Park in New York City since 2011. 

        In 2007, TAEKO released her debut album "One Love" (Flat Nine Records) which caught high attention from Jazz critics and listeners in the US and Japan. TAEKO released her second album “VOICE" (Flat Nine Records) in 2010 which demonstrated her love for both Traditional and Modern Jazz as well as for her native country. The album features songs by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Duke Ellington, Sly and the Family Stone, Marvin Gay, TAEKO herself, and two Japanese compositions ("Biwako"  and "Soshu-Yakyoku") with her own interpretations.  TAEKO released critically-acclaimed third album in the US “Wonderland” (Flat Nine Records), which features a “who’s who” of Jazz heavy hitters such as Doug Carn, Lonnie Plaxico, and Victor Jones.  In 2014, DJ Lamon Fenner of  WHCR Radio The Voice of Harlem, the host of a long-running Jazz program "Lamon's Jazz at Eight," dedicated his entire 2-hour program for the songs from TAEKO's three albums. 

TAEKO's 4th album is to be released in summer 2019. 


(2010/Flat Nine Records), TAEKO's second release in the US, is a vibrant patchwork of styles that reveals the passion with which she has explored the range of the jazz idiom. It's a showcase of intense study and her versatility which is wisely described "that the overall effect is sometimes like being strafed by a benign scattergun loaded with different styles. All of which makes the album's title more appropriate" http://cry-me-a-torch-song.com/



(2007/Flat Nine Records) introduces this young star of brilliant ideas and impeccable executions. “Taeko has remarkable range and vocal command, able to manipulate normal notes into tapestries of sound. She tempers deep soulfulness reminiscent of Anita Baker with sophisticated scatting a la Ella Fitzgerald. The combination is a treat and never feels forced” http://blogcritics.com


Juanita Fleming – Gospel and Jazz Singer, Actress, Voice Trainer, Marion Cowings - Jazz Singer, Lyricist, Actor, the first disciple of Jon Hendricks, Barry Harris - Legendary Jazz Pianist, Jazz Educator

Media Appearances:In the US

Sirius XM Satellite Radio (New York, NY)
WHCR FM (New York, NY), WRTI FM (Philadelphia, PA)
WICN FM (Boston, MA), WWUH (Hartford, CT)
Manhattan Cable Network (New York, NY), New York Post (New York)
Japion, Weekly NY Seikatsu, Yomi Time

Media Appearances:In Japan

TV Kanagawa, NHK Otsu, Radio Kansai, e. raido FM Shiga, KBS Kyoto Radio, Kyoto Shinbun

Performed At: In the US

Blue Note New York, New York City, Yoshi’s San Francisco, CA
Cape May Jazz Festival, NJ, North East Florida Jazz Festival, FL
United Philadelphia Jazz Festival, PA, Japan Day at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, NY
Monday Night Concert at Bushnell Park, Hartford, CT, Chickenbone Beach Jazz Series, Atlantic City, NJ
Gainesville Florida Friends of Jazz Concert, Gainsville, FL
Women in Jazz Festival/ by International Women in Jazz, Inc, New York City
The Nighttown. Cleveland, OH, The Kitano, New York CIty, Zinc Bar, New York City …to name a few

Performed At: In Japan

Biwako Jazz Festival, Shiga, Japan, Otsu Jazz Festival, Shiga, Japan
Okazaki Jazz Street, Aichi, Akiba Tokyo TUC, Shinjuku J, Tokyo
Satin Doll, Tokyo, Satin Doll, Kobe, Mister Kelly’s, Osaka, Start Eyes, Nagoya, Riverside, Fukuoka

Watch TAEKO’s official Video from Live in New York July 24, 2013
To see all Taeko's performance video, click here.



ALL ABOUT JAZZ September 26, 2013
Performance Review on TAEKO at United Philadelphia Jazz Festival

" an absolute mastery of musical vocabulary and timing."


"Three of the performances deserve special notice. Taeko is an outstanding female vocalist from Shiga,Japan (now also residing in New York City) who has both a resounding, resilient voice and an absolute mastery of musical vocabulary and timing. She gave standards like “I’ve Never Been in Love Before” new life, and showed her mastery of diverse genres with powerful renditions of songs by Sly and the Family Stone and Marvin Gaye. Her rendition of McCoy Tyner’s ballad, “You Taught My Heart to Sing” was extraordinary and moving. Like Italian- born Roberta Gamborini, Taeko’s cross-cultural background has given her an incomparable mastery and understanding of the jazz idiom that makes her singing electrifying and memorable,"

Jazz Inside Magazine: November-2013 Issue  By Alex Henderson

Taeko Fukao WONDERLAND—Flat Nine Records 101.

Over the years, a wide variety of things have happened when jazz vocalists performed in foreign languages—some great, some not so great. Brazilian goddess Flora Purim has done some amazing things in English even though Portuguese is her native language, and Europe is full of jazz vocalists who grew up speaking Ger- man, Dutch or Swedish at home but are so fluent in English that you would swear it’s their mother tongue. On the other hand, there have been jazz singers who embarrassed themselves by trying to sing in French or Spanish even though they had never actually studied a romance language. So the moral of that story is: if you’re going to do a lot of singing in a foreign language, it’s important to have a grasp of that language. And on Wonderland, Japanese jazz vocalist Taeko Fukao really soars in a predominantly English-language environment. Fukao, who obviously has a strong command of English and an impressive vocal range, favors an approach that is best described as post-bop with traces of R&B at times—and she successfully tackles a variety of material, ranging from Tin Pan Alley standards (including “Old Devil Moon” and “Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise”) to John Coltrane’s “Naima” and Miles Davis’ “Blue in Green” to Earth, Wind & Fire’s “I Think About Lovin’ You.”

If someone is familiar with the ethereal “I Think About Lovin’ You,” he/she probably knows a lot about the history of Earth, Wind & Fire. Recorded for their second album, The Need of Love, back in 1971, “I Think About Lovin’ You” (which featured singer Sherri Scott) was only a minor hit and came out of their pre-Philip Bailey era. In 1971, EWF weren’t nearly as big as they would become several years later, and many people who know EWF for “Fantasy,” “Shining Star” or “Boogie Wonderland” have never had the pleasure of hearing Scott (who had a connection to the AACM in Chicago and per- formed avant-garde jazz with Joseph Jarmal and Muhal Richard Abrams in the 1960s). But “I Think About Lovin’ You” is a gem of a song, and it works well for Fukao.

Fukao’s accompaniment on Wonderland includes, among others, Stacy Dillard on tenor sax, Doug Carn on acoustic piano, Lonnie Plaxico on bass and Victor Jones on drums. Carn’s presence is quite appropriate in light of the fact that he has both jazz and R&B creden- tials and wrote the lyrics that Fukao embraces on “Blue in Green” and “Naima.” Another person who appears on Wonderland is singer Giacomo Gates, who performs a male/female duet with Fukao on Tadd Dameron’s “If You Could See Me Now.” A memorable outing that contains some pleasant surprises, Wonderland is easily recommended to those who like their post-bop with a touch of R&B.

Lamon Fenner, WHCR NY, Voice of Harlem
"Your Wonderland creations are truly wonderful !! "

WHCR FM aired a special program to feature TAEKO's music by dedicating entire 2 hours of "Lamon's Jazz at 8" in 2013.


Review by Jordan Richardson http://somethingelsereviews.com/

Perhaps the most captivating out of many captivating things found on TaekoFukao’s Wonderland is the choices the Japanese-born, New York-based songstress makes. Listening to her pour herself into this set of arrangements is a marvel, with her note and tone selections transforming each piece into her very own.

Wonderland is Taeko’s third album. Here, she is joined by a crackerjack outfit that includes Doug Carn (piano), Lonnie Plaxico (bass) and Victor Jones (drums). Vocalist Giacomo Gates makes an appearance, while Stacy Dillard’s saxophone features on three tracks. Guitarist Kevin McNeal is also featured.

The record opens with a rendition of “Old Devil Moon,” a tune that has commenced many a live show for Taeko. After Jones sets the stage with a swift roll, the band collects and the world of Wonderland is off and running. Taeko’s choices are enthralling, with her alto stretching out notes and her spicy personality adding flavour and punch. That personality burns through again on “Foolin’ Myself,” a number performed by the likes of Billie Holiday and Shirley Horn. Taeko’s stamp on it is once again ensconced in choices, with pops from the musicians augmenting her natural swagger. Carn’s piano solo digs in at just the right moment.

Another sizzler is “Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise.” This joint allows Taeko plenty of space to show off her scat-singing. She climbs right along with the track’s blazing 4/4 and sticks in when Jones’ drum solo threatens to go off the rails. Her vocals show no cracks, especially as the runaway train flashes through the station in its raring closing explosion.

When Wonderland gears down, Taeko is even better. Her tenderness and subtle note selection reigns on “If You Could See Me Now,” a beautiful duet with Gates. The piece has a classic feel about it. It takes its time, patiently regarding the notes and textures as it floats under gauzy skies. And Dillard’s tenor is the perfect touch.
There’s also “Lullaby of Takeda – I Wanna Go Home,” a tune that finds Taeko gracing listeners with several verses in Japanese. This is one of the best songs on the record. It melds the traditional Japanese music that was Taeko’s first love American jazz in a way that invigorates as it provokes. Carn’s ivory flourishes glide alongside the rolling percussion and Plaxico’s dazzlingly textured bass playing.

Wonderland wouldn't be complete without a version of “What a Wonderful World,” of course, and Taeko delivers. Once again, it’s the choices that stand out. Not only does this rendition pack a Brazilian essence, but the vocalist’s spacing is extraordinary beside the jogging gait. Consider how she pauses after “thinking to herself,” for instance.

A record full of these wise decisions, Taeko’s third album is certainly another treat for listeners. It’s exciting and pensive, expansive and warm, a true statement of artistic intent from one of New York’s most gifted and adventurous vocalists.


Review by Rotcot Zzaj

Taeko Fukao – WONDERLAND: Taeko has been sending us great jazz for quite some time now, & this latest release is another clear winner, especially if your tastes run to high-energy jazz vocal work. Taeko’s rendition of “Naima” is as silky-smooth as jazz gets, and will ascend quickly to the top of your playlists & just won’t “drop off”. My personal favorite of the eleven tracks offered up for aural enjoyment and edification was the highly charged closer, “What A Wonderful World“… if you can’t get a little joy out of this performance, you’ve got a foot in the grave already! I give Taeko a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with jazz vocal lovers in mind, and an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98. Get more information at Taeko’s website. Rotcod Zzaj


"HARTFORD COURANT" TAEKO Interview http://www.courant.com/

A Gutsy Dream, A Jazz Fortune Found

Taeko Fukao Was A Lawyer In Japan Until She Risked It All To Come To NYC To Sing

By OWEN McNALLY, Special To The Courant

The Hartford Courant February 21, 2013

"NEW YORK POST" TAEKO Interview May, 20th (Fri)www.nypost.com

J-Pop World "Taeko Fukao Interview

Quotes by Royal Stokes

“I put Taeko’s Voice in my Best Jazz Vocal CDs of 2010 list -- and for good reasons. In the course of the album’s twelve tunes she proves that she can dip and soar, execute faultless vocalize and vocal acrobatics, scat with the best of them, and caress ballads, all the while maintaining a swinging pulse. She is, quite astonishingly, in total command of the disparate materials she chooses to apply her extraordinary chops to. The program offers a welcome balance of compositions drawn from sources as different as Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, Alan Jay Lerner/Burton Lane, Herbie Hancock, Marvin Gaye, Sly and the Family Stone, and Japanese folk songs. Taeko is supported by a world-class combo of musicians, each of whom contributes stunning solo efforts.”

W. Royal Stokes is author of Growing Up With Jazz: Twenty-Four Musicians Talk About Their Lives and Careers, Swing Era New York: The Jazz Photographs of Charles Peterson, and other books on jazz.

Review 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!”


Review by the Cadence magazine. - Read 1, Read 2, Read 3
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  • Performance Review By Tim Price (Sax Player/ Jazz Educator)
  • 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. Read more...

  • Review By Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services
  • Taeko - VOICE: Whenever I look at a jazz CD cover in the Orient (particularly when they come from Japan, for some reason), I almost automatically have expected it to be all cover tunes that are (either) poorly executed or backed up with bands that can't quite "make the grade". &, yes, I know that's not "PC" - but that's not our forte here at this magazine... & I'll tell you right now, this young lady has GOT IT! Whether she's doing Herbie Hancock, Monk, a Taeko original composition, or a Japanese jazz song - it's all very pleasantly done, with superb ratings on both talent and energy.
    She relocated to NYC during the late '90's, and has clearly learned her lessons well... just listen to her spirited singing on Marvin's "Inner City Blues " - clearly brings the fact to light (again) that "The Man" still has his arms wrapped 'round everything... I mean, she OWNS this performance of Gaye's classical soul tune! It doesn't hurt that she's joined by some players we know already (Greg Lewis on organ; Kevin Mcneal on guitar), but the even 11 tunes (+ one bonus track) very nicely feature her superb vocal talent... this isn't a set of tunes you'll relegate to the bottom of your playlists anytime soon. The tune that struck me as favorite track was Stanley Turrentine's "Sugar "; whether you like puns or not - jazz just do NOT get any sweeter than this. A very, VERY cool jazz vocal album that gets my MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, as well as my "PICK" for "best female jazz vocals" in 2010. "EQ" (energy quotient) rating is 4.98.

  • Review By D. Oscar Groomes: O's Place Jazz Magazine
  • Japanese vocalist Taeko Fukao strikes a groove right away singing "Cantaloupe Island", the first of twelve classic contemporary jazz selections, mostly on the funky side. Website

  • Review By Jazz Times
  • Beatnik-Entertainment presents The Japanese Songbird, Taeko Fukao known to audiences throughout the world as “Taeko,” as she celebrates the release of her latest CD “VOICE.” … Read more

  • Review By Step Tempest
  • "Voice" by TAEKO, issued on Flat Nine Records, is a more "conventional" recording. The Japanese native opens the CD, her 2nd, with an inspired rendition of Herbie Hancock's "Canteloupe Island" and … Read more

  • Review By Chuck Vecoli on JazzReview.com
  • TAEKO's latest CD, Voice, is a tasteful collection of songs from some very different sources that she treats with the same skillful … Read more

  • By john shelton ivany , national news bureau - www.jsitop21.com
  • although she came to nyc from japan in 1998, taeko boasts a classic american sound. on "voice" she treats us with a clear vibrato-less funky jazz instrument as reassuring as a warm fireplace.

  • Review By http://www.tybailey.com/
  • Wow! Taeko is a fun singer who is not shy about expressing her soul on tunes like Herbie Hancok’s - Cantaloupe Island’ and Monk's "I Mean Y ou" , “Marvin's "Inner City Blues" and … Read more

  • Review By J.B./ J.B. Spins
  • Sure, lyrics are important, but the voice and how it is used are what really matter in jazz singing. As a case in point, Japanese jazz vocalist Taeko performs two equally … Read more

  • Review By Jordan Richardson
  • When I first came in contact with the music of Taeko, I was enamoured with her ability to stretch sound and work normal-sounding notes into waves of bending, meandering tone. … Read more

  • Review from Hungary By Czékus Mihály
  • Valamiért a Tokió-Budapest tengely mentén nem igazán áramlanak be hozzánk hangzó anyagok, pedig köztudomásúan aktív jazz élet folyik a felkelő nap országában. …Read more

  • Review By Piers Ford
  • Take a talented young Japanese singer, transplant her to New York in her formative musical years, immerse her in what is probably the world’s richest jazz scene, then stand back …Read more

  • By John Book - June 6, 2010. CD Review
  • Taeko has returned with a brand new album called Voice (Flat Nine). Last time when I heard her, I felt that the kind of power and strength I had hoped to hear in specific songs . …Read more

Review CD "ONE LOVE"
  • In TUNE International Magazine: UK
  • September 2009 Issue, Page 22
    TAEKO: ONE LOVE: Flat Nine Records 101 http://www.jazzpromoservices.com
    Here's a ten-song festival by Ms. Fukao that is certain to knock you out. From the first smashing electric tones of "It Could Happen To You" (Burke/Van Heusen) I was whisked away to a musical wonderland. Fortified as she is with a brisk double time and concluding with an original scat, Taeko is ear shattering. She's from Japan and possesses an absolutely finely honed voice with many varied interesting shades. There's an exceptional "Dindi" (Jobim/Oliveria) that's so dramatic you are bound to play the replay button. It's theatre of the highest quality. Her duet with bassist Gaku Takanashi on "I've Never Been in Love Before" (Loesser) is up tempo and most extraordinary. "I Hear a Rhapsody" (Fragos/Backer/Gasparre) is almost taken at an innovative marching beat. It works very well. And then there's "Trav'lin Light" (Mundy/Mercer/Young). Taeko splendidly treats this standard to an emotionally almost standstill. It's a beautiful delicate treatment befitting a great standard.
  • CD Review by Jazz Improv NY Magazine - May 2008 Issue
  • All the best traditions of jazz vocalists are evidenced in One Love...{PDF-21MB}
  • George Harris/ All About JAZZ California - March 2008 Issue
  • Japanese vocalist Taeko Fukao has successfully attempted the daunting challenge of bringing the great American songbook back to ...{PDF-3.72MB}
  • By Edward Blanco
  • Definitely one heck of a jazz singer, Taeko Fukao's graceful approach to the music leaves quite an impression on “One Love.”An amazing singer who bills herself as a Japanese songbird, jazz and R&B vocalist Taeko Fukao has been performing and producing charming jazz vocal albums in New York for the past decade. http://www.ejazznews.com
  • The Musicians' Ombudsman
    (Taeko) is a gutsy interpreter of our beloved American Songbook” Amid the strong musical signature of her great jazz trio, chanteuse 'Taeko' takes us on a vocal journey of mainstream jazz. She delivers her vocalise in a deceptive yet viable manner...Holding our attention while she explores her tunes melodically & harmonically.....http://www.cabaretexchange.com/
  • George W. Carroll
  • Amid the strong musical signature of her great jazz trio, chanteuse 'Taeko' takes us on a vocal journey of mainstream jazz. ...Read More
  • Chris Spector
  • Editor and Publisher C 2008 Midwest Record.“On the money throughout, jazz vocal fans are sure to enjoy this one.”TAEKO FUKAO/One Love: In which we find the Japanese songbird staking more of her claim to the Big Apple with a charming set of standards that shows her love of jazz and world sounds.
  • And More!
  • Kjell Radio Holstebro: "Thanks a t for the album, she`s a great singer, the best japanese singer I`ve ever heard." Kjell Radio Holstebro Denmark.
    blogcritics.com “A brilliant addition to any music lover's catalogue" by Jordan Richardson.
    Taeko's CD "OneLove" has been introduced in Gelgium!





  • Two-minute samples of the complete CD "WONDERLAND" can be heard at cdbaby.com


  • Artist: Taeko Fukao Email: info@songbirdtaeko.com
  • Booking:Hiroshi Kono / Mar Creation  Email: mar@marcreation.com
    Barry Brown / NJ Star Productions Email: barry@njstarproductions.com
    Phone: 908-233-2221 
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