Japanese vocalist and pianist Eriko Ishihara has a reputation for her Diana Krall-style vocals, matched to a mature piano style that draws on Wynton Kelly and Gene Harris. We are delighted to welcome Eriko to the final Jazz Cafe of the season, with Colin Oxley on guitar, Steve Brown on drums, and Marianne Windham on bass.

Eriko was born in Tokyo, Japan. She studied classical piano at Kunitachi College of Music and moved to London to take a post-graduate course in jazz and studio music at Guildhall School Of Music and Drama. Since then she has played at many of Britain’s top jazz venues and worked with many of the countries finest players, performing in such places as The 606 Club, The Vortex, Pizza On The Park and The Royal Festival Hall.

In 2003, Eriko signed a major record deal with the Japanese record company, Ponycanyon. She has released 4 CDs, the latest of which featured US saxophone legend, Scott Hamilton. She regularly tours in Japan and other Asian countries and has performed in major concert halls in Hong Kong and Korea.

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