Yuki Kumagai
Vocalist and pianist

Born in Tokyo
Moved to Sydney in 1987

Yuki Kumagai has been performing with various bands in many venues around Sydney.

Yuki Kumagai and double bassist John Mackie have their own band, the YUKI KUMAGAI / JOHN MACKIE JAZZ BAND, with Marty Mooney on saxophone, Tony Burkys on guitar, Laurie Bennett or Alan Gilbert on drums.

As a 5-piece band they perform regularly at Cronulla RSL Club, Penrith RSL Club, Central Coast Leagues Club and Redfern RSL Club. They've performed at the Manly Jazz Festival and other festivals, at the Sydney Opera House and many jazz concerts.

As a trio or duo they perform regularly at the Lane Cove Club, Nepean Rowing Club and various clubs and restaurants.

As the Yuki Kumagai Quartet, with David Smith on guitar, John Mackie on double bass and Laurie Bennett on drums, they performed regularly for 10 years at the Soup Plus, one of Australia's best known jazz clubs.

In 2003 Yuki played Madam Leang in the musical `Flower Drum Song`.

She performed with Chuck Yates on piano and John Mackie on double bass at the Sydney Opera House for the Australia and Japan Goodwill Concert in 2003.

For a year she contributed a regular column to Nichigo Press about her life in music.

Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) was interested in her way of life and featured her in its program twice.

She has also worked with a number of prominent musicians including Bobby Gebert, Dave Colton, Graham Conlon, John MacCarthy, Bill Dudley, Mike Hallum, Tony Burkys, Chris Ross, Tony Hicks, David Smith, John Mackie, Laurie Bennett, Paul Furniss, Alan Gilbert, Richard Booth and Marty Mooney.

In February 07, Yuki, John Mackie and Tony Burkys played three shows on the Japanese cruise ship Pacific Venus.

Currently Yuki teaches jazz vocals.
Yuki and her musicians are also avaliable for private functions. (Birthdays, Weddings, Christmas parties etc.)

For Enquiries Contact Yuki