Biography
Satoko was born in Sapporo, Japan, began learning classical piano at age of 5.
Her encounter with jazz occurs when she entered Gakushuin University.
Soon she started singing as a member of Waseda University Modern Jazz Club.
In the early stage of her jazz study, she was influenced by Scandinavian jazz. In 1998,
she visited Demark and Sweden and meet Jeanette Lindstrom(vo), Lina Nyberg(vo),
Lars Jansson(p), Anders Persson(p), Yasuhito Mori(b) or Jacob Karlzon(p).
As a result of this inspiring encounter, she began composing and writing lyrics.

Between 2002-2013, her activity was based in Kansai area, where she nurtured her talent
by giving regular performing at popular clubs and playing with Kansaifs best players such as
Phillip Strange(p), Akira Shiomoto(g), Takeshi Shimizu(p) or Tsutomu Takei(ts). This period
also brought her unexpected favorable result. Kansai listeners known as the biggest market
for female jazz singers gave her good challenge to develop her repertoire.
Now it includes standards by Richard Rodgers, Hoagy Carmichael, Jimmy Van Heusen,
or Billy Strayhorn, contemporary instrumental tunes by Thelonious Monk, Fred Hersch,
Steve Swallow or Wayne Shorteras as well as her own compositions sang in Japanese,
English or vocalese.

In 2013, she earned NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Kobe Broadcasting Station Award
for the annual Kobe Jazz Vocal Queen Contest. In August of the same year, she released her
first CD "All The Pretty Little Horses", which was nominated by Jazz Page for the Best Vocal
Album 2013 as well as "satoko" for the Best Jazz Vocal 2013.

In 2016, she started performing in Europe.


Her 2nd album "Oneness" has been released on 5 September 2015 in Japan
In this fine duo album with Chieko Maki(p), she successfully describes Japanese culture and landscapes in jazz text.
  
 
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