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ASAKO TAKASAKI

Jazz Vocalist, Songwriter

A classic Irving Berlin tune, very nicely interpreted by Asako. Open, clear voicing and a swish trio to go with.What's not to like? Charming. - All About Jazz

She is a very creative and very pleasing voice.... -Olu Dara - Jazz Trumpet


ASAKO TAKASAKI;
Born in Toyama, Japan, Asako fell in love with Jazz when she was 20 years old.
She was encouraged by her long time mentor to start singing and her first professional engagement was to sing the Japanese National Anthem on Nippon Broadcasting Inc of Japan.
She fell in love with jazz and hasn’t looked back. Moving to New York City in 2004, Asako has been on the scene ever since and also recently started to study with Five times Grammy-Nominated Artist Karrin Allyson. “All of Me” marks her first recording and features some great standards with lovely arrangements and a stellar band. In 2016 She toured in Japan and Performed at NHK Kobe Broadcasting famous Jazz Program "Jazz in Kobe" and she selected rebroadcast performer. Also She organized “Jazz for Kids” and created events in NYC, Sarasota, and Kobe Japan. Kuni Mikami Jazz pianist invited her to his band Japanese Jazz-Pop folk music band “East of the Sun” she joined in 2017. She performed as a main vocalist of band at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Branch Brook Bloomfest, Philadelphia Museum of Art and more. She is performing and touring as professional vocalist in Nyc, Hawaii, Sarasota, Paris, Japan and played with great jazz musicians Michael Kanan, Neal Minor, Ed Howard, Willard Dyson, John Di Martino, James Allen Smith, Nial Djuliarso, Unno Tadataka, Satoshi Inoue, Kyoko Oyobe, Kuni Mikami, Nobuki Takamen, Hide Tanaka in NYC, Tommy James, Dean Taba, Robert Shinoda, Chihiro Yamanaka, Serge Forte, Simon Cosgrove, Park Yonse, Makoto Terashita, Iwao Ochi In addition to her performances at famous jazz venues at The Metropolitan Room and Kitano Hotel, Tomi Jazz, Shrine, Silvana,Michiko Studio, Ornithology and more.
Her New EP "Pureness" recorded in Paris in 2018 and released in 2020.
She honored to received Grant as a NYC artist crops in 2021.

高崎安沙子:
富山県出身、20歳の頃ジャズに恋をして熱い思いを抱えて2004年ニューヨークに移り住み、夢を抱きながらジャズクラブに毎晩のように訪れる。ある夜、ニューヨークの老舗ジャズクラブ・バードランドに出演する女性歌手の演奏を聴いた夜、彼女がステージから降りてきたときに“レッスンしてください”と懇願した。グラミーノミネート歌手・カーリン・アリソン。彼女のもとでレッスンを重ね、2012年ラヴリーなアレンジメントのスタンダード曲々をマイケル・ケイナン率いるトリオをレコーディング。デビューアルバム“オール・オヴ・ミー”を発表。
Asakoは作曲家アービング・ヴァーリンの音楽のメッセージを優美なトリオにのせて開放感のある透明な声で歌う。「”好きにならない理由が無い” 彼女の歌はチャーミングだ」とオール・アバウト・ジャズは称えた。2020年日本でも人気のフランスのピアニスト・セルジュ・フォルテとのデュオ作品“ピュアネス”をEl Muse Records よりリリース。2021年ニューヨークシティークロップの一員に選ばれる。現在までハワイ、フロリダ、ニューヨーク、パリ、日本にて自身の音楽活動を広げ、ジャズピアニスト三上クニ率いるバンド“イースト・オブ・ザ・サン”のメインヴォーカリストとしても活躍している。現在、ニューヨーク在住。

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