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JUNKO EBIHARA

BIOGRAPHY

Junko Ebihara - born June 9th - in Tochigi prefecture, Ashikaga City, Japan - a graduate of the English literature department of Nihon University, she began organ lessons at the age of four, won first prize at the Victron organ competition at the age of twelve, and began playing demonstrations for that company.

After entering college, Junko first became interested in jazz after hearing the singing of Anita O'Day, and Later made her debut as a Dixieland pianist. Around that same time, discovered by the late pianist and arranger, Hiroshi Miyagawa, and with his encouragement, Junko also began singing. At this time in her life, Junko also sang with Kenichi Sonoda (tb) and the Dixie Kings, Yoshihiro Nakagawa (tp) and the Dixie Dix, and Eiji Hanaoka (cl) and the Swing Quartet among other veteran musicians.

Soon Junko began singing to her own piano accompaniment in the Tokyo area, developing her own style and focusing on composing and arranging. At this time, she also played with musicians of her own generation, such as Yutaka Shiina (p), Masahiko Ohsaka (ds), and Yoshiaki Okayasu (g).

In 1990 she visited New York for the first time, sitting in with Lou Donaldson (as) and Harman Foster (p) and in September of 2005 recorded her first album, "Without You", produced by guitarist Yoshiaki Masuo at his studio in New York City, with musicians Mark Soskin (p) (who has played with musicians such as Sonny Rollins and Liza Minelli's backup band), Tony Marino (b) and Marko Marcinko (ds), (who are the current rhythm section for the Dave Liebman group) and featured guest Seichi Nakamura (ts).

Junko delivers a powerful voice from a small body. She has a uniquely husky voice, a jazzy, funky, pop piano style that sets her apart with a crossing over and unique mix of a wide variety of musical styles. Junko sings an eclectic spectrum of music ranging from jazz to pop to R&B, country and even Japanese enka soul music. With this debut album, she impresses those who hear her as a seriously talented, fresh new singer on the music scene.

 

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