Biography

photo by Erika Kapin


"As a bassist Tadano is a rock, both in her conception of time and in the powerful lines she imbeds underneath the proceedings. As a composer she has a smart feeling for proportion and a keen arranger’s ear for how lines and solos can intermix."(Thomas R. Erdmann - Jazzreview.com)


Yuka Tadano is one of the rising talents in the jazz world on both acoustic and electric bass. Born in Ibaraki, Japan, coming from a musical family, she picked up the violin at the early age of 6 and started playing the electric bass at age of 17. Tadano is a graduate of University of North Texas, where she completed her B.M. with honors as well as M.M. in Jazz Studies. Her personality on the bass can best be described as lush, warm and dynamic and her early influences were Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, James Jamerson, and Chuck Rainey.

Tadano relocated to New York in September 2010 and instantly became an active bass player in the jazz/pop scene. She performs regularly at well-known music venues such as 55 bar, The Bar Next Door, Joe's Pub, Cornelia Street Cafe and Rockwood Music Hall. Tadano has appeared and been featured at the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, the North Texas Jazz Festival, Shanghai Concert Hall, Ashdod Jazz Festival in Israel, the Fringe Club in Hong Kong, Dallas Museum of Arts Jazz Series, the Women’s Museum in Dallas and has been featured on Fox 4 Dallas news. She has performed for prominent leading ladies in the political world, Hillary Clinton and Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Tadano also works for Monkey Monkey Music that produces award winning videos which are on over 100 PBS stations in the US and on the American Forces Network in over 175 countries.

In the spring of 2010, Tadano released her first CD “Dancer” with her band YT little d on Armored Records. In summer of 2010 and October 2012, she led her band on its world tour including the US, Japan, China and Hong Kong.

Tadano currently lives in Brooklyn and keeps busy schedule leading her own group and playing with numerous groups.

 

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