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New York City, New York, United States

New York City, New York, United States
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"Mamiko Taira is a genuinely gifted jazz vocalist, the kind musicians love to play with and audiences love to appreciate. She has a voice rich in tone and texture. She sings with power, grace, and uses space wonderfully in her work. A creative, studied, disciple of the jazz tradition and a fine composer as well, she is a standout amongst today?fs plethora of jazz vocalists. " - James McBride, the author of NYT best seller, "The Color of Water"

"Mamiko Taira is such a talent in the art of vocal jazz... I noticed her very quickly and immediately started to work with her on a regular basis... She has responded as I knew she would with a beautiful musical progress and is turning herself into one of my finest singers!" - Mark Murphy





Mamiko, born in Tokyo, began studying music at the age of eight. Soon she began to accompany choirs at her school. This experience aided her in her journey to becoming a professional musician. At the age of sixteen, she went to a private music school to study piano. Her piano teacher noticed her vocal quality immediately and suggested her to be a singer. "I still don't know why I was able to take his words seriously, but for some reason it made sense to me to focus on becoming a singer. He had convinced me" Mamiko recalls.

In 1988, she moved to Philadelphia to study Jazz Voice at Temple University. Eventually she emerged into the Philly music scene. After graduating in 1992 she gigged in Philly until her return to Tokyo in the fall of 1993. Back at home she performed extensively in the Tokyo metropolitan area between 1993 through 1998. In 1994 she won the grand prize at the Asakusa Jazz Festival Competition. She performed at the Manly Jazz Festival (Manly, Australia) in 1994 and 1996, and also on the radio program, "Session '95 (NHK FM Radio)."

In 1999, Mamiko moved to New York. She was a finalist at the Third Annual Jazzconnect Jazz Vocal Competition in 2002. Out of 197 singers from around the world, Mamiko took 3rd place. She said, "I was very surprised by the fact I made it that far... the final result didn't matter much to me because I was too happy that 2 great singers, Deborah Brown and Rebecca Paris, heard me and picked me as #1 at the semi-finals. That was such a meaningful thing to a young singer like myself..."

She also toured with James McBride, an award-winning author of "The Color of Water" and composer, in his fall tour 2003. The group has visited 30 cities and 54 venues nationally, and the tour was filmed by Comcast and was aired through out its network in New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions. As the leader, she has performed at the 55 Bar, Blue Note New York, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, The Triad, Cleopatra's Needle, Kavehaz, Mannahatta Lounge, The Kitano Hotel, Drom NYC, etc.

Mamiko is currently appearing as the regular on Mondays and Thursdays at NB Lounge at The Lombardy Hotel, in Midtwon East, Manhattan. NB Lounge is located at 111 E 56th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues.

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