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BLUE NOTE EAST MEETS WEST BRUNCH SERIES: TOMOKO W/ SP. GUEST WYCLIFFE GORDON

2008-04-13
Showtime: 2:30PM
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TOMOKO with special guest Wycliffe Gordon
FEATURING:
TOMOKO, vocals
JAMBA, bass/piano/musical director
Eli Menezes, guitar
Sean Phekoo, drums
Keith Fluitt, background vocals
Rhonda Denet, background vocals
w/ special guest:
Wycliffe Gordon, trombone

As a young girl growing up in Japan, TOMOKO was swept away by American pop soul music, with Stevie Wonder’s masterpiece “Songs In The Key Of Life” changed her life forever. Everybody, including her family members, laughed at her when she told them she wanted to be a soul singer. One day she packed up her stuff and moved to New York.

Tomoko's catchy music is filled with heartfelt but somewhat in-your-face lyrics about her life between the Land of the Rising Sun and the Big Apple, as in “Geisha Girl,” along with love songs like “Love Me,” and “Should I,” and Gospel-feel ballads “Hold On,” and “Promise.” On her potential single-cut New York anthem, “Mercy, Joy and the City,” she sings about the strength and beauty of the people in New York City, with a retro R&B feeling reminiscent of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.”

With her silky smooth sultry voice, she is heralded not only a new talent, but also the establishment of the very first big cross-over Asian singer/songwriter to be noted in the American Music Scene.

Produced by Brazilian musician/producer/composer JAMBA, all the tracks on her album “Organically Afro Asiatic” are arranged with live instrumentation and programming that combine funk and soul and feature some impressive musicians. World renowned trombone player Wycliffe Gordon, best known from the Wynton Marsalis Septet, plays on a few cuts as well as being her label partner. Brazilian guitarist Eli Menezes joins on her debut CD, as does the drummer/producer Richie Pena, and the Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer Scott Jacoby.

 

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