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Luka Watabe

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About Luka Watabe

Glamourous vintage jazz singer with an air of beauty, elegance and sophistication.
Jazz duo
London
Public liability insurance of £10 million

Performing jazz standards with an air of romance, beautiful ballads, up-tempo bossa nova & Latin pieces, Luka’s live sets are perfect for occasions requiring elegance, beauty & sophistication. Accompanied by a live jazz duo, trio or quoted. Luka provide a truly special performance with a memory-making selection of songs. Luka was born and raised in Japan and is currently settled in London. Her passions are music, art, and history and she especially finds beauty in the glamorous world of vintage culture and jazz. Her unique singing background started in Nagauta (traditional Japanese music which accompanies the Kabuki theatre). Later, Luka joined a jazz band in Japan. She fell in love not only with jazz songs but also the style: gorgeous dresses, perfect hair, make-up and charismatic personalities such as her idols Julie London and Peggy Lee. Performing alongside a professional jazz guitarist, Luka’s soft, warm voice carries elegance and sophistication. Performing jazz standards with an air of romance, beautiful ballads, up-tempo bossa nova and Latin pieces, Luka’s live sets are perfectly suited to hotel residencies, drinks reception and private parties. Creative to her core, Luka has created a look and sound that brings glamour to every stage she graces. Having worked as a professional make-up artist for 10 years, Luka styles her own hair and makeup for every performance. Much of her wardrobe is bespoke too; with Luka often sewing her own stunning dresses. Whatever your occasion, Luka and her professional guitarist will provide a truly special performance with a memory-making selection of songs.

Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz
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Event types:
Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

A Night In Tunisia
Agua De Beber
Alfie
All Of Me
As Time Goes By
Autumn In Newyork
Autumn Leaves
Beautiful Love
Besame Mucho
Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered
Black Orpheus (Manha De Carnaval)
Blue Moon
Blue Skies
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
But Not For Me
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man
Caravan
Cheek To Cheek
The Christmas Song
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Crazy He Calls Me
Cry Me A River
Day By Day
Days Of Wine And Roses
Desafinado
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Fever
Fry Me To The Moon
Georgia On My Mind
The Girl From Ipanema
The Gift (Recado Bossa Nova)
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
I Don’t Know Enough About You
I Love Being Here WIth You
I Will Wait For You
I WIsh You Love
I’m In The Mood For Love
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
I’ve Never Been In Love Before
It Had To Be You
It Might As Well Be Spring
It’s A Good Day
It’s Only A Paper Moon
Just In Time
Just One Of Those Things
La Vie En Rose
The Lady Is A Tramp
Let Me Love You
Let There Be Love
Like Someone In Love
Little Girl Blue
Love For Sale
Lover, Come Back To Me
Lullaby Of Birdland
Mas Que Nada
Misty
Moon River
Moon Dance
Moonlight Serenade
My Baby Just Cares For Me
My Foolish Heart
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
My Romance
The nearness Of You
Night And Day
No More Blues
Old Devil Moon
Only Trust Your Heart
Santa Baby
Sentimental Journey
The Shadow Of Your Smile
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Speak Low
Sunny
Sway
Smile
Taking A Chance On Love
Teach Me Tonigh
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
This Masquerade
Till There Was You
Unchain My Heart
Under Paris Skies
Wave
What A Difference A Day Made
Why Don’t You Do Right?
Winter Wonderland
You And The Night And The Music
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
Quizas Quizas Quizas (Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps)
Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
Customer questions

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Peggy Lee and Julie London.

Do you have different line-up options?

Available in a range of line-ups including a sophisticated jazz duo with guitar or trio with a double bass. If you’d like more information please let us know.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely. We provide a background music playlist between sets from an iPod. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free. We don't provide a DJ service.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 30 minute before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

Our PA system is included in your quote. We usually require a minimum of 3m by 3m space to perform. We don't provide lighting equipment.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special jazz song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. One song request is free and an additional song will be £30 each for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc. Please let us know this in advance.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£400
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£600

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Peter G, 1 year ago

Luka is not only a complete jazz professional—with both rare and less-familiar jazz gems up her sleeve and ready to go—she also sparkles! She lit up the "Pete Goodwin Band" (when headlining at our most recent outdoor Sultry Summer Party gig) with her evocative double-entendre in numbers such as "Teach Me Tonight" and the exotic ambience she brought to both familiar and less-well known Jobim compositions (that sounded like she just stepped off a direct flight from Rio) as well as her Cuban renditions in perfect Latin American Spanish. She is also pretty!!