Yuko Mabuchi started playing classical piano at age 4, in her hometown of Fukui, Japan. As a teenager she was fascinated by American R&B, Hip-Hop and Blues. After hearing the music of some of the Jazz greats, she fell in love with Jazz and after high school began her study jazz piano. She was soon performing locally as a soloist, and as a member of a local jazz trio. In 2010, Yuko arrived in Los Angeles to further her studies and had the opportunity to perform at some of LAs top venues. Yuko has released three CDs: “Waves” (Vista Records, 2011) “My Life” (Vista Records, 2014) collections of original compositions. Returning to Japan in 2013, she performed with her trio until returning to the US in 2016, and has continued to develop her very unique performance style. Yuko has performed at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, opening for Branford Marsalis, Blues Alley in Washington DC as a guest of the National Cherry Blossom Japanese Jazz series, the Richmond Jazz Festival (VA) and Walt Disney Hall (LA), as featured pianist with ICYOLA, to name a few. Her project, “The Yuko Mabuchi Trio” (Yarlung Records, 2017) was recorded LIVE at USCs Cammilleri Hall, and topped the audiophile charts. Her fourth project, “Tribute To Miles,” (Yarlung Records, 2019) has also been released on CD and vinyl.
Yuko Mabuchi is a wisp of a woman, petite and delicate, until she sits down at the piano. Then, before our very eyes, she transforms into a mighty giant! THE NEW ARTIST SERIES: YUKO MABUCHI
By Dee Dee McNeil / Jazz Journalist