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Dinner at: 11:30AM
Doors Open at 10:30AM

n/a $39.50

"Obsession is a promising debut...beautifully produced, finely performed" - All About Jazz

East Meets West Brunch: Erika Matsuo Sextet -Autumn Reflections-
Erika Matsuo - Vocal
Art Hirahara - Piano
Juancho Herrera - Guitar
Jorge Continentino - Sax & Flute
Moto Fukushima - Bass
Keita Ogawa -Drums & Percussions

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

New York-based, Japanese jazz vocalist, Erika Matsuo, burst on to the international jazz scene in 2010 with her self-produced album, "Obsession" (ErikaJazz), a sensual sojourn through American, Brazilian and original songs, which was hailed by All About Jazz as "a promising debut, beautifully produced and finely performed." She had previously self-produced a single, "Close My Eyes" (ErikaJazz) in 2007.

A protege of the great Sheila Jordan, Erika studied classical piano as a child and, in her late teens, joined an all-girl rock group, the Tear Drops, which won first prize in the Yamaha Teen Music Festival in May 1994. A chance meeting with jazz pianist Yusuke Hirado, led to her being invited to record and perform in New York as lead singer with his band. It was the beginning of her love affair with New York. Erika soon relocated, studying for a BFA in jazz voice at the City College of New York and immersing herself in the city's jazz scene - exploring everything from straight ahead to Brazilian jazz.

After graduating from City College, Erika went on to win first prize in the highly prestigious Asakusa Jazz Contest in Japan and, in 2007, was featured in Coca Cola's So-Ken-Bi Cha TV commercial, becoming one of the most recognized voices in Japan.

Based in New York, she has performed at many of the city's top venues, including BB Kings, Sweet Rhythm, Jazz at Kitano, S.O.B.'s, Roockwood Musci Hall, Bonafide, Gotham Hall, and the Blue Note, and regularly tours Japan.

In March of 2012, she did a guest performance for Monday Michiru at the Long Island Jazz Festival. She followed up this to be featured for her "caressing vocals" on the acclaimed trumpeter from the Duke Ellington Orchestra, James Zollar's 2013 album " All Good People".

Also in 2013, Erika released third album, "True Colors". This Album was picked by the prestigious Japanese jazz website. as "Finest Vocal Album of 2013", and awarded her first place on the Jazz Page Readers Poll.

The album includes magnificent performances by Dr. Lonnie Smith, Gil Goldstein, Romero Lubambo, many others. All provide the perfect support for Erika's beautiful voice, which the legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith has lauded as "filled with sentiment and warmth [integrating] both passion and gentle emotion."

While back in Japan in August of 2015, Erika appeared on the popular national TV show, Woman on the Planet and was featured on a recording session and ''behind the scenes'' shooting of a video with Japanese super model/celebrity, Rola.

In 2017, Erika came out with her latest album, "Reflections" in which she songs written for her by Monday Michiru and Yusuke Hirado. She had over 14 different musicians record with her on this album including Steve Wilson, David Gilmore and Johnathan Blake. The album was released in both Japan and the U.S. on October 11th, 2017.

Erika also did a guest performance on Stacey Kent's album "I KNOW I DREAM", scheduled to also come out in October.

During the year, Erika did a few guest performance for renown jazz pianist, Yusuke Hirado's new project " Yusuke Hirado Prospect". She performed for his first song in that album at the Tower Record's Instore Live event that was shown simultaneously at five Tower Record locations. She also performed for him on a performance on Nagasaki NBC TV station, as well as a guest performer with his band at the Nakazu Jazz Festival. Also at the Nakazu Jazz Festival, she performed with Yusuke Hirado and Motoharu of Sax fame.

In October 2017 she was named Lifetime Ambassador of Tourism in her native Miyama city, Fukuoka. She was also featured on the cover of the city Council Newsletter.

Erika performed at Blue Note New York on November 26th to commemorate the release of her album "Reflections". In July 2018 She performed at one of the popular venues, Rockwood Music Hall and invited Moday Michiru as a guest and she had another show with Steve wilson (sax) at Jazz at Kitano in August.

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