In 1998, Taeko Fukao, born and raised on the outskirts of Kyoto, Japan, came to New York City with dreams of expanding her singing career and took a strong liking to Jazz. The intense jazz study, coupled with her naturally appealing voice and musical ideas, have earned her performances in some of New York City's best known Jazz and R&B clubs, including Blue Note, Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar, St. Nick's Pub, Minton's Playhouse, Lenox Lounge, Kitano, CaChaCa, and ZincBar. Her musical talent is also bought to Japan every spring and fall.
Taeko performs with great jazz giants today such as Onaje Allan Gumb, Harry Whitaker, Donald Smith, George Colligan, Kenny Davis, Dwayne Burno, Jim Cammack, Marcus McLaurine, Essiet Essiet, Vic Juris, Yoshiaki Masuo, to name a few.
"(Taeko) takes the jazz world in a new direction seen from the eyes and mind of another culture known for its spirituality, philosophies, warmth and commitment. " says Karl Stober, the interviewer at Taeko's Interveiw on jazzreveiw.com.
Artist Interview on jassreview.com:
Between Sets with Taeko... Blurring the Lines Between Cultures
Interview by: Karl Stober