Jazz Vocalist Takako Uemura & Pianist Hiro Morozumi
May 18 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm| Free
JFLA presents live music performances via JFLA Facebook LIVE. Every Monday at 12:30pm, talented performers will play their repertoire dedicated specially to you. Just go to JFLA’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/JFLALC.
On May 18th Jazz vocalist Takako performs warm, happy and nostalgic jazz standards and old Japanese folk songs. Born and raised on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, Takako’s singing career started on this island and continued at the Yamaha Music Academy in Sapporo. Later, she discovered the art of jazz transitioning from the world of Japanese pop songs to the universal language of jazz standards. Since coming to Los Angeles, Takako has performed on a variety of studio recording projects and live performances. She has worked with some of the finest musicians in the world such as Russell Ferrante, Tamir Hendelman, Otamaro Ruis, Tony Dumas, Ralph Penland, Alex Cline and Peter Erskine among others to bring audiences a wonderful and unique sound that evokes a nostalgic blend of exotic worldliness. Takako’s debut CD ” Common Ground ” was released on February 2010 produced by world renowned drummer Peter Erskine.
Having studied under scholarship in the renowned University of North Texas jazz program, pianist Hiro Morozumi has won many awards including the 3rd place in the Montreux Jazz Festival piano competition, Henry Mancini Institute scholarship, Down Beat magazine Best Extended-Composition award, and Keyboard Magazine “Unsigned Artist of the Month” award. He has worked on stage with artists such as Duke Ellington Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Tommy Campbell, Paul Jackson, Kana Uemura and Maki Oguro. He has released two solo albums and produces background music for the Japanese Seven Eleven chain.