Having honed her skills in the language of Jazz with artist and professor Diane Richardson at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, acclaimed Boston-based jazz vocalist Keiko Ito proves herself to be a new shining light on the Jazz and Bossa Nova scene. Her versatility really shows in not only being able to sing in Japanese, but also in Portuguese, French and English. Keiko stays true to herself in that although she sings in many different languages, her sound is consistently warm and inviting.
”There is so much life in music to be lived,” Said Keiko, who is also a lyricist who creates the lyrics to all of her own original songs. With so much passion and innovation going into the creation of her music, her captive audiences have found her unique style of words to be sophisticated, yet alluring.
Inspiration comes from various artists such as: Anita O’day, Dianne Reeves, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Jane Monheit, Tierney Sutton, Karrin Allyson, Al Jarreau, Ana Caram, Elis Regina, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Miles Davis, and Bill Evans. Keiko had recently finished up a new project with fellow recording artist Lillian, which will be their first vocal-piano duo album called “Tenderly“ in 2008. Her previous album, ”The Trio” featured Goro Inaoka as a guitarist in 2007.
In addition to her numerous projects and performances, Keiko also finds the time in her busy schedule to provide instruction in piano and voice to people of all ages and backgrounds who wish to immerse themselves in the world of music.