Biography | Michiko Yoshino | ジャズボーカリスト 吉野美知子


In my childhood I was influenced by my brothers who were constantly listening to Jazz.Another childhood interest of mine was visual arts. After high school I moved to Tokyo to become independent. I started Jazz vocal training and enrolled in a music conservatory with a Classical voice major. After graduation I went to New York City to experienc the real life of Jazz and Art.

In Manhattan I met many creative musicians and artists,such as Onet Coleman, James Blood Ulmer and so on. They influenced me and made my individuality stronger.

After returning to Japan I started performing at hotels and clubs. In 1984 I put out an album. I recorded original lyrics to some of Eiji Nakayama's music and started tours of Japan.

After the completion of the tour I moved to Boston to expand my education and experiences. In Boston I attended Berklee College of Music.

After graduation , I started gigs around Boston area. Also I joined the Gospel choir in the Newton Mytel Baptist Church.Also, I enjined a Classical and Jazz choir.

Feeling good about what I had accomplished I returned to Tokyo in 1992. I am currently performing, teaching, composing, and produce music.

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"In all her singing,Michiko’s voice has a pure, honest quality to it that lingers in yourmind. Her approach strips away all pretension to let her voice come out from deep inside naturally without over-decoration." By Michael Pronko.The Japan Times. Jazznin magazine


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