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jujuスミレ jujusumire:ジャズシンガー

jujuスミレ jujusumire

アメリカ南部生まれ。

日本,アメリカ南部,西海岸,メキシコと、ジャズ,ゴスペル,ブルース,ミュージカル,ラテンミュージックを直に感じる環境で育つ。英語がネイティブなのはもちろんのこと、スペイン語、韓国語も堪能な国際派。

高校在学中に、ミュージカルコンテストのアメリカ南部州代表に選出されたのをきっかけに、音楽活動を開始。大学院卒業後も、大手家電・自動車企業に勤務しつつ西海岸を拠点に活動を継続。その後日本への移住のため一時活動休止するも、2014年に名古屋を拠点に活動を再開する。

『趣味は食べること、写真撮影、世界のカフェめぐり、中医学』と、一見やさしい日本風女性だが、ステージに立つと、隠れていたジャズ魂がむき出しとなり本当の心をぶつけてくる。


Born in South Carolina. Having grown up in Japan and the Southen part of U.S., with her mixed Japanese-European background, she was exposed to variety of music including, jazz, blues, gospel, rock, pops, salsa, rock espanol, samba, bossa nova , musical, classics, j-pop, etc.
Sumire always loved to perform from her early stage. She recalls, "I was always so happy to sing or perform. I remember that I was on the stage of some county fair, maybe I was just four or five, and I sang a Japanese soul music, which was totally unexpected to hear from a four-or five-year-old. The audience was so surprised but loved my singing then I got so excited ."
Sumire was musically active during school years. She begun singing at age 10, music lessons and joined her school orchestra on clarinet and tenor saxophone at age13, participated a drama course also at age 13, joined a church gospel choir at age 15. Then she was selected for an all-state choir.

Sumire started singing professionally at age 20 in Osaka, Japan, where she was introduced to sing jazz for the first time. Then continued her singing career while she attended a college and a graduate school in California studied business administration and strategic management, graduated with cum laude. Upon graduation,
Sumire pursued her business interests and joined Sony, then she temporary stopped her singing activities due to personal conflicts and health reasons.

Sumire relocated to Nagoya, Japan in 2013 and started to take jazz lessons from Ms. Hitomi Ueda, begun singing jazz. Sumire debuted in 2014. At her debut stage, Sumire's performance was highly praised and critiqued as " at a glance, she looks a very quiet and sweet Japanese gal, but she is direct and delivers blues that she perhaps acquired when she was growing up in the South, with a simple vocal styling that keeps understandability of songs' lyrics."

Based in Nagoya, Sumire sings jazz at various prestigious clubs in Nagoya, Tokyo, Kansai, and also sings internationally.

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