Kimiko Kasai

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Kimiko Kasai
Born (1945-12-15) December 15, 1945 (age 74)
Kyoto, Japan
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Vocalist
Years activemid 1960s–1998
Associated acts Mal Waldron,
Gil Evans,
Herbie Hancock

Kimiko Kasai (笠井 紀美子, Kasai Kimiko) (born December 15, 1945 in Kyoto, Japan) is a retired Japanese jazz singer.



Kimiko's first album as a solo artist was entitled Just Friends in 1970. The following year, Kimiko sang the advertising jingle for “Cup Noodle,” a brand of the world's first instant cup noodle ramen. [1] In June 1972, she got an exclusive contract with CBS/Sony, [2] and recorded Satin Doll with support of Gil Evans during Evans' first visitation to Japan. [3] [4] After that time, she recorded many albums in collaboration with musicians in the jazz field, such as Teo Macero, Lee Konitz, Stan Getz, Paulinho Da Costa, [2] Billy Higgins, [5] Cedar Walton and Herbie Hancock. [6]

Kimiko married Richard Rudolph in 1990 and resides in Santa Monica and Tokyo, Japan. [7]



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