126 S Lambeth Rd London

Wednesday, November 21 2018 from 08:00 pm to 11:00 pm


Verde - Global Album Tour


With Yuko’s album launch of Verde this year, she expresses her absolute love of both Brazilian and contemporary jazz music alongside Ife Tolentino on guitar and Sam Watts on piano.

After the successful tour in Brazil this summer, she continues touring at some renowned venues in Japan and in the UK.


She is inspired by the Japanese philosophy, "wabi sabi" which is the pursuit of embracing both the imperfection and transience of life and she believes that this flows through her music.

Her interpretations are full of improvisation, with musical shades of light and colour in a minimalistic, sensitive and warm style.

Tracks include compositions by many of her all-time favourite artists such as: Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti and Ivan Lins, as well as some of her own co-written originals.


Her jazz choir, JazzNeco, will also join her on a few tunes to add a touch of samba heat to the evening.


Yuko is a warm and sensitive jazz and Brazilian music singer based in London. She has launched her acclaimed debut album, Verde in Jan '18 and celebrated the release with a full house at the prestige 606 Jazz Club. On Verde, she expresses her absolute love of both Brazilian and contemporary jazz music with a full of improvisation and musical shades of light and colour in a minimalistic style.

She has also performed at some of the most renowned jazz clubs including The Vortex, The Spice of Life Soho and The Pheasantry. Alongside the performance, she also has extensive experience in teaching singing privately and at schools as well as conducting her own jazz choir.

She has graduated with a Jazz Masters at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance receiving the TCM Trust and Archers Scholarships. She also runs regular jazz singing workshops both in Japan and in the UK.


She is the joint winner of the 6th Angela Carrington Award, held at the Vortex Jazz Club, London, which judges included the acclaimed jazz singer Ian Shaw.

Dec 2012 completed a tour in Japan with gigs predominantly in Tokyo and Nagoya with accomplished musicians such as saxophonist, Shunosuke Ishihara and guitarist, Ohmichi Yuda.

Her many other performances include The Spice Of Life Soho, The Pheasantry, St Martin-In-The Fields, Cafe in The Crypt, Richmix, Oliver's Jazz bar and The Gallery Cafe. Also, she has sung with a couple of jazz big band/orchestra’s, such as the South London Jazz Orchestra and with acclaimed musicians including Duncan Eagles, Matt Robinson, Eriko Ishihara, Barry Green, Rick Simpson, Alan Weekes, Dave Colton and Ben Hazleton.

Organises and hosts annual charity concerts JAZZ+JAPAN for Non profitable organisation Momo Kaki Orphans Fund to support Japanese orphans from Tohoku Earthquale March 2011.

Finalist at the Jazz Vocal Queen Contest 2008 in Kobe, Japan.

Feb 2010, worked with pianist Mark Ball on score of Contemporary Dance Piece "What Happens Between Us" performed at the Place Theatre, Euston, London and subsequently toured with Edge Dance Company. Also involved in Research and Development for Advanced Dance Studies Project with Spanish Choreographer Jorges Cressis for performances in early March 2013.


She has graduated with a Masters in Jazz Studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance ( receiving the TCM Trust and Archers Scholarships), where she studied with world class educators and performers such as Simon Purcell, Brigitte Beraha, Nia Lynn, Julian Seigel and Martin Speake. Previously, she completed a four year part-time jazz course at the City Lit College, Holborn, London and privately she was coached by the BBC Jazz Award winning singer, Anita Wardell for a number of years. Participation in various workshops with Sheila Jordan, Laura Zakian, Anton Browne, Renato D'Aiello and Louise Gibbs have also informed her jazz development.



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Line up:

Yuko Yokoi - Vocal

Ife Tolentino - Guitar

Sam Watts - Piano


A production of Brazilian Jazz Nights

Curator - Mario Bakuna

Webdesigner - Patricia Castilho

Sound Engineer - João Danilo