Itoh [née Kawanishi], Kimiko [Ebisawa, Kimiko ]
- Kazunori Sugiyama
- and Barry Kernfeld
[Ebisawa, Kimiko ]
(b Kagawa, Japan, July 11, 1946). Japanese singer. She took a degree in the visual arts at Musashino Fine Arts University in Tokyo and then became a film animator. In 1970 she studied jazz singing, and when the film company for which she worked dissolved she moved into music, making her professional début in 1974. She performed with the trio led by the pianist Yuzuru Sera, with Eiji Kitamura, and with George Otsuka’s trio, and, although she made a number of pop albums, first recorded in a jazz setting as a leader in 1982. In 1985 Itoh spent six months in New York, during which period she performed at the Blue Note and at Sutton’s, a lesser-known Harlem club. After returning to Japan she toured with Terumasa Hino. One of the most popular jazz singers in Japan, she was accompanied by Richard Tee, Steve Gadd, and others for performances there in ...