Keiko Matsui: Contemporary Jazz Pianist at B.B. King Blues Club
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The last date listed for Pianist Keiko Matsui was Monday February 24, 2014 / 8:00pm (Doors at 6:00pm).
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Known for her robust voice and rich tones, jazz vocalist Renee Manning came to fame in the jazz world as a big band singer with the Mel Lewis Orchestra from 1983 to 1989 -- the longest tenure of any vocalist associated with the organization. She's since performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Sir Roland Hanna, Mark Murphy, Howard Johnson, Joe Williams, the Mingus Big Band and the Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Orchestra. As a solo artist, Manning's most recent album, All Grown Up, showcases the Grammy-nominated singer's soothing, quieter side. Learn More
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Pianist Keiko Matsui is an icon of contemporary jazz. With over 1.2 million units sold in the U.S. alone and sold-out appearances at concert halls across the world, she is one of the most recognized artists in the genre. Her elegant piano melodies and gentle jazz grooves have enormous appeal and never disappoint her loyal fan base, which she has cultivated with over 20 albums and hundreds of stunning live shows.
Counting artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Frederic Chopin, Maurice Jarre, and Chick Corea among her influences, Matsui released her first album, A Drop of Water_, in the US in 1987. Her albums Sapphire_ (1995), _Dream Walk , and Deep Blue_ (2001) all broke into the Top 10 on _Billboard’_s weekly Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, and she was named _Billboard_’s No. 3 Top Contemporary Jazz Artist for 1997. Her releases after the turn of the millennium, including _The Ring _(2002) and _Wildflower _(2004), revealed a broadening of her stylistic scope as they dabbled in world and classical music.
In addition to being a world-renowned musician, Matsui is also an active humanitarian, supporting the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, the National Marrow Foundation, the United Nations World Food Programme, and efforts to provide relief to Japan after the recent earthquake and tsunami. After a brief hiatus from recording at the end of the last decade, she released her latest album, _The Road, _early in 2011.