Tuesday 22 October
Yukako Yamano is one of the most prolific International Jazz pianist renown for her ability to embrace classical and jazz, traditional or contemporary within her style and delivery. Born in Tokyo, her interest in the piano started at an early age which gradually developed since she attended the Tokyo College of Music. Her musical journey to attaining international status was eminent as she is greatly in demand in the Tokyo live music scene and her performances have taken her further afield to the United States, Europe, Hong Kong and Taiwan. She has recorded several albums since 2016 which are available on her website. Yukako’s delivery in her performance is without doubt, one of the best in her field and she is certainly one to watch, a rising star in the making.
Dolly James has had an extensive career as a professional vocalist touring, radio and
television performances and in recording both as a lead and backing vocalist. She has worked with Andy Sheppard, Matt Bianco, Simply Red, Van Morrison, Mike Oldfield and James Taylor Quartet. Previously signed to Sony Music and A&M publishing, she released her debut album, The Journey in 2006. Since moving to Leeds, her love for jazz and working with ‘Leeds Finest’ musicians and singers, led to her meeting with Yukako in 2017 at one of her performances and later, forming The Dolly James Collective in 2018.