yuko yokoi jazz vocalist

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Yuko is a warm and sensitive jazz singer based in London specialising in Brazilian music. She sings a wide variety of music from wonderful jazz standards and blues through to contemporary and laid back Bossa Nova tunes, which she mostly sings in Portuguese.

SomBras  -  The sound of Brazil with a twist of jazz

SomBras bring the sophisticated yet warm sound of Brazil to your venue. 

We perform a wide variety of music from beautiful samba and Bossa Nova tunes by legendary Brazilian composers, such as Gilberto Gil, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso and Djavan through to contemporary Brazilian music by Hermeto Pascoal and Luciana Souza. 

We are highly experienced musicians and have performed at some renowned jazz clubs including Vortex jazz club and The Spice of Life Soho and numerous events all over the world from São Paulo, Tokyo to London. 

With Yuko's Masters in jazz from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, she takes her jazz approach to the Brazilian music. Paulo, the guitarist,  has fully immersed himself in Brazilian and classical music , and has made some TV/radio appearances including BBC1 ("Blue Peter"), BBC4 ("The Girl From Ipanema" )and Radio4 ("Broadcast House with Monica Vasconcelos").

We can also be available in trio and quartet with sax, bass and percussion. 

Have a listen to our music

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Examples of Our Repertoire

Flor de Lis (Djavan)

Tristeza (Haroldo Lobo/ Niltinho)

Berimbau (Baden Powell/ Vinícius de Morais)

Mas que nada (Jorge Ben)

Chove chuva (Jorge Ben)

Triste (Tom Jobim)

Baião Cigano (Nonato Luis)

Brejeiro (Ernesto Nazaré)

Fato Consumado  (Djavan)

Maçã do Rosto (Djavan)

Maria das Mercedes (Djavan)

Chega de Saudade (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)

Brigas Nunca Mais (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)

Ela é Carioca (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)

Garota de Ipanema (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)

A Felicidade (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)

Samba da minha terra (Dorival Caymmi)

Samba do grande amor (Chico Buarque de Hollanda)

Pecado Capital (Paulinho da Viola)

Dança da Solidão (Paulinho da Viola)

Coração Leviano (Paulinho da Viola)

Corcovado (Tom Jobim)

Manha de carnaval (Luis Bonfa/ Antonio Maria)

Janelas Abertas (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)

Joyce (Hermeto Pascoal)

Aldeia de Ogum (Joyce)

Double Rainbow (Tom Jobim)

Dindi (Tom Jobim / Aloisio de Oliveira)

Wave (Tom Jobim)

Lamentos (Pixinguinha)

Samba do avião (Tom Jobim)

Favela (Tom Jobim / Vinicius de Moraes)

Desde que o samba é samba (Caetano Veloso)

Corra e olhe o céu / Alvorada (Cartola)

Depois que eu me encontrar (Cartola)

Sonnet 99 (Luciana Souza)

Contact us

If you like our sounds of Brazil, please drop us a line at yukojazz@hotmail.co.uk .

Thank you.