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Summer Me

by Yuko Usui

An intensely personal lyric exposition containing a rich variety of material.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Summer Me, Winter Me
7:17 $1.50
2. In Walked Bud
6:30 $1.50
3. Black Coffee
7:28 $1.50
4. Come and Go Blues
6:49 $1.50
5. My Funny Valentine
8:23 $1.50
6. Blue Skies
3:56 $1.50
7. Love for Sale
7:11 $1.50
8. La Madrugada
4:36 $1.50
9. You Won't Forget Me
6:13 $1.50
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Album Notes
Encompassing a wide breadth of musical experience, Yuko Usui has emerged as a jazz singer of unique character. Her attractive and dynamic voice transforms familiar standards into deeply personal statements. She performs regularly at jazz clubs in Osaka, Japan.

Coming from a musical family, Yuko Usui commenced studying the piano at age three with her mother, a piano teacher. As a piano performance major at Osaka College of Music, she became inspired by the expressive potential of jazz. After graduation, she began to sing professionally, winning a jazz vocal competition at the Royal Horse (Osaka, Japan).

Not long after that, Ms. Usui ventured to New York City. There, she spent a great deal of time studying English and voice. Since her return to Japan, she has been singing in gospel choirs, soul music bands and jazz combos, further broadening her palette of musical expression, and developing a wide following of listeners who enjoy the vitality of her performances. She also continues to study jazz with Dr. Phillip Strange and voice training with Misa Makino.

Summer Me is her first CD It includes well-known jazz standards, an Allman Brothers song, and an original composition by Phillip Strange.



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