akiko Official Website






In the year 2001,she became the first Japanese singer to sign with the renowned Jazz label,Verve Records.She recorded her first album [Girl Talk]in France with the famous French producer, Henri Renaudt,released in June the same year. She became the new star stirring excitement in the Jazz scene in Japan.

過去作品ではプロデューサーやスーパーバイザーとして、 Swing Out Sister(UK)、須永辰緒、小西康陽(ex:Pizzicato Five)、 福富幸宏、ブッゲ・ヴェッセルトフト(JAZZLAND)、大貫憲章等を迎えている。

レコーディングもパリ、ロンドン、ニューヨーク、リオデジャネイロ、オスロ、ニューオリンズと世界各地に渡り、 アート・リンゼイ、re:jazz、吉澤はじめ、Studio Apartmentなどコラボレーションや客演も多い。 台湾、韓国、ノルウェー、ポーランドなど世界各国のジャズ・フェスティバルにも多数出演。

これまでに「ジャズ・ディスク大賞」や「Billboard Japan Music Award」を始め、数々のミュージックアワードを受賞。また2003年にはエスティー・ローダーより日本人女性に送られる美の賞「ディファイニング・ビューティー・アワード」を授与される。







She was initially famous for her repatroir of over 500 standard jazz songs, but also for her flexibility towards different genres, always molding in new styles for each album she releases.
In previous albums, she has worked with producers such as Swing Out Sister,Tatsuo Sunaga, Yasuharu Konishi(ex:pizzicato five),Bugge Wesseltoft(Jazzland).....
At the same time, she has participated as guest vocalist for artists in different genres such as re;jazz,Hajime Yoshizawa,Studio Apartment,Quasimode......
Other than in Japan, she has recorded in Paris, London, New York, Rio Dejaneiro, and Oslo.
Through these many collaborations, she has met with various artists, musicians, and producers from many different genres,  and in each song her versatility as an artist shines.
In 2009, she released a tribute album for [London Nite], a famous Rock party in Tokyo, which she has loved since she was in her teens. As an adviser for the album, she invites Kensho Onuki, the man who brought [London Nite] to life. Through this album, she shows that her roots in music is actually in Rock and not Jazz.
Not only as a singer, she is also known and praised for her ability as a producer. Writing and arranging songs, and also direction for all art work on her albums.
Through her music, fashion and life-style, akiko has become a one and only icon representing a new era in Jazz.

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