“Christchurch singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Nanako Sato, whose talents on the keyboards are undeniable, matching those skills to her formidable, smoky voice. …her funky lounge and jazz-tinged sounds fitted nicely in with those of her fellow performers, her songs blooming with Ben Wood’s percussion and drumming talents, his brushwork giving a delicate touch to her material.” SFBH, Wellington 30th May 2010 Amanda Mills – NZ Musician
In 2012, Nanako accompanied those finest vocalists: Jennine Bailey, Tessa Quayle, Toni Randle and Courtenay Washington in New Zealand with the team of top musicians: Rachael Treveille (sax), Michael Story (bass) and Andy Keegan (drums) at the New Zealand International Jazz&Blues Festival on the 11th April. This headline show “Women in Jazz” was well received by a packed appreciative audience. Tickets were sold out…
The show’s detail was following below:
Women In Jazz
Be prepared to swing with the Divas during an evening of sultry smooth jazz presented by some of New Zealand’s top female jazz talent. In this concert, Tessa Quayle, Toni Randle and Courtenay Washington join Christchurch’s very own jazz chanteuse, Jennine Bailey in tribute to the wonderful women in jazz. In turn, our four leading ladies will take to the stage to express their admiration and respect for the women who paved the way and influenced their personal journey into the world of jazz. This concert will feature stunning performances of Feeling Good, Skylark, New York State of Mind, Lullaby of the Leaves, and much more. An incredible musical event that is not to be missed!
Jennine Bailey (vocals), Tessa Quayle (vocals), Toni Randle (vocals), Courtenay Washington (vocals), Rachael Treveille (sax), Nanako Sato (piano), Michael Story (bass), Andy Keegan (drums).
“Review from Harbour Light Theatre show: Unique styles to enjoy (The Press, 22 May 2010, Page 17) by Chris Pole. Hannah Howes and Ariana Tikao have combined their talents to tour New Zealand together through May and June, taking in many smaller towns. Beginning last night in Christchurch they opted for the cosy confines of Lyttelton, bringing their unique styles to the atmospheric Harbour Light Theatre. Both artists fleshed out their songs with keyboards, percussion, and backing vocals, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Ben Lemi Wood and Nanako Sato, who opened proceedings with four songs of her own.” Chris Pole – The Press