She is a major star in her native Japan, equally renowned for her award-winning film work and her genre-blurring musical skills. Now based in New York and married to trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, Monday Michiru has also gained significant recognition among the Stateside hip-hop and acid-jazz crowds, but remains less well known among more mainstream jazz fans. Soulception, its title referring to insights gained from the soul rather than to some sort of Motown mash-up, may be an ideal entry point for a wider audience, its multi-shaded sensibility suggesting an East-meets-West vibe reflective of the vocalist’s Japanese-American heritage. She is the daughter of two esteemed jazz artists: pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi and the late Boston-born saxophonist Charlie Mariano.
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