Jazz composer and pianist Yuko Kishimoto doesn’t see herself as someone out of the ordinary. She equates her first name as the equivalent of, say, a run-of-the-mill “Jenny,” in Japanese. However, this transplant from Hiroshima, Japan, is way more unique than her first name might imply.
She is a gifted composer whose work has been recognized and applauded by the regional jazz community. For example, Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble utilized a pair of her compositions on their recent debut album “Live at the Lark Tavern,” and veteran vibraphonist Michael Benedict recorded two more selections from her deep songbag on his latest release, “New Phase.” This weekend, she’ll be performing at Proctors’ Robb Alley in Schenectady on Friday and at Justin’s in Albany on Saturday.