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Showtime: 1:30PM
Doors Open at 1:00PM

n/a $39.50

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Yuko Ito Quintet ft Romero Lubambo
Yuko Ito - Vocal
Romero Lubambo- Guitar
Helio Alves - Piano
Edward Perez - Bass
Adriano Santos - Drums

**Price includes brunch, music and a drink.**

A native of Tokyo, Japan, she has been performing publicly in wide range of styles: pop, rock, R&B, jazz funk, gospel, free jazz and various forms of Brazilian music since high school. Her early musical career began when she founded the girl’s rock band Sissy Boy, which produced two CDs: Marcy’s Factory, with Vaan Media, and Kick Off Boy’s, with Crown Records Japan. Even with her early success in Japan, Yuko's musical vision was broad and she chose to move to New York in 1994. A vocal coach soon encouraged her to explore jazz and eventually this led to her receiving B.F.A degree from City College of New York in music (Jazz Vocal Performance, She studied from Sheila Jordan). After a jam session Yuko attended while still in school, she was invited by jazz artist Sabir Mateen to perform with him. This encouraged her to continue to draw deeply from the jazz tradition in her work. She has performed with the Harlem Gospel Choir and appeared at Blue Note (New York), She has also performed with the Harlem Gospel Choir in Times Square on Good Morning America (ABC) and “New Yorker”( NHK BS1).

Based in New York, She has performed at many of city's top venue: Lenox Lounge, Jazz at Kitano The Better End, Tomi Jazz, Lanza's Antique Garage Soho and TriBeCa and tours in Japan. She will perform at Blue Note New York on July 29th 2018 featuring 18th Annual Latin Grammy Winner Romero Lubambo.

The culmination of her experiences in multiple genres is what gives Ito her rebellious verve, along with jazz phrasing.

Having been lured by positive lyrics, unique beats and passionate movement, Ito incorporates a melodic structure to form a style that is uniquely hers; truly a mature songstress. Ito's passion for Brazilian music as shown by her 1st album "Mania De Você" and her 2nd album "O Cantador"co-produced by great pianist / composer Cidinho Teixeira( He played with Djavan and Gilbelt Gil and more)and her 3rd album"Esperança". Yuko Ito, originally from Japan, has evolved into a born again Brazilian New Yorker, even her fellow native born Brazilian musician friend tough her Portuguese as being flawless and her ability to interpret the music unmatched and purely original.

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In 1985, Romero Lubambo came to the United States, and brought with him a new sound in Brazilian jazz guitar.

Romero's guitar playing unites the styles and rhythms of his native Brazilian musical heritage with his fluency in the American jazz tradition to form a distinctive new sound.

From the cool, sophisticated rhythms of his native Brazil to hard bop, Romero is a guitarist who's comfortable in any musical setting. He is an uncommonly gifted soloist and musical improviser with a steady stream of unpredictably creative musical thoughts and the virtuosity to deliver them.

Lubambo has performed and recorded with many outstanding artists, including Dianne Reeves, Michael Brecker, Yo-Yo Ma, Kathleen Battle, Diana Krall, Herbie Mann, Wynton Marsalis, Gal Costa, Kurt Elling, Kenny Barron, Luciana Souza, Cyro Baptista, Sergio and Odair Assad, Ivan Lins, Grover Washington Jr., Vernon Reid, Flora Purim and Airto, Paquito D'Rivera, Harry Belafonte, Larry Coryell, Gato Barbieri, Leny Andrade, James Carter, Paula Robison, Dave Weckl, Jason Miles, and Cesar Camargo Mariano... among many others.

He has also established himself as a composer and performer on his own critically acclaimed recording projects as well as on those of Trio Da Paz, a Brazilian jazz trio Lubambo formed with Nilson Matta and Duduka da Fonseca.

Lubambo is considered by critics to be "the best practitioner of his craft in the world today... the guitarist's facility, creativity and energy are in a class all their own."

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