Emi Takada Quartet (with Marion Cowings) @ Birdland - New York City Article
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Emi Takada Quartet
315 W 44th Street, (212) 581-3080
Thursday, September 19, 5:30PM
This talented jazz singer from Japan is making her Birdland debut with an appropriately all-star quartet of pianist Joe Davidian, guitarist Paul Meyers, bassist Noriko Ueda and drummer Dwayne 'Cook' Broadnax. The show serves to announce the release of her new album, Why Did I Choose You, recorded in New York with another all star band (including Satoshi Inoue on guitar and the outstanding piano-bass team of Michael Kanan and Neil Miner, plus Mr. Broadnax) and already on Apple Music and Spotify. So far, my favorite track is the harmonic mash-up of Irving Berlin’s standard “Blue Skies” with “In Walked Bud,” Thelonious Monk’s classic harmonic variation thereof; this is also an excuse to duet with the formidable vocalist and teacher Marion Cowings, who, no pun intended, is truly one of the unsung heroes of the New York jazz scene.
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Author: Will Friedwald
Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.
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