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Exploring the Jazz Journey of Coco LaShaun: Bangkok’s American Jazz Songstress

Discover the captivating jazz journey of Coco LaShaun, Bangkok’s resident American Jazz Songstress, as she shares her musical experiences and love for jazz in this episode of Trends. Learn about her unique blend of jazz and hip-hop, her international musical career spanning 21 countries, and her influence from legends like Ella Fitzgerald. Join us in celebrating the jazzy soul of Coco LaShaun in the heart of Thailand’s capital.

Coco LaShaun, Bangkok’s resident American Jazz Songstress, has been serenading audiences in Bangkok for many years and has been able to carve out a career as a jazz singer in Thailand. Her trio band is called Chocolate Pill and expands with guest musicians.

Coco hails from Washington DC but has adopted Bangkok as home.

Coco says that Thais have an affinity to jazz music as the revered His Majesty King Rama IV was an accomplished jazz singer and it is unique in the world to find a revered monarch playing jazz.

Stepping into a new “Residency” smack dab in the middle of the Thai capital is the Jazziest thing that could happen to Coco right now! Imagine playing “Take the A Train (written by a fellow Washington, DC native—Duke Ellington) while watching the entire world go by via Bangkok’s elevated BTS sky train. At the city centre InterContinental Bangkok hotel, the sounds of cool vocal jazz delight audiences and the hotel even makes up a killer cocktail – The Coco-tini.

Treat your senses to an unforgettable musical experience with the velvety smooth sounds of international jazz phenomenon Coco LaShaun. She has also been mixing up her music with Hip Hip. Coco says there would be no Hip-Hop without Beehop, and her experimental music nights at Gaspers teams up young Thai Hip-Hop artists with Coco’s jazz vocals for a truly contemporary and cool sound at Gaspers in Bangkok.

Coco would have you “Dancing In The Streets” with her Motown soul repertoire and wants to collaborate with other singers and musicians in Bangkok to create Motown Soul revival events.

When asked who inspired her to start singing, one name immediately springs to mind – Ella Fitzgerald. Coco says that Ella was the ultimate jazz diva and deservedly has the titles of “First Lady of Song” and “Queen of Jazz”.

Coco continues to comment that “It’s the journey of creating new sounds, rhythms and melodies through my own music or through other award-winning writers and performers that I live for. I’m not in a hurry to be something or to be something else than who I am and where I am right now!”

Coco has shared her extraordinary gift of engaging audiences in more than 35 cities across 21 countries around the world with her music! Her audiences are captivated by the amount of charm she and her sultry vocals have in common. She’s got a unique way to soulfully deliver the American Standards. Too many different rhythms stemming from the music she grew up hearing — Blues, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Soul including Motown, it is storytelling.

Coco also mentors young Thai jazz singers and had an open mic series at Iron Fairies in Bangkok, encouraging everyone to sing.

Jazz sounds from extraordinarily gifted international artist Coco LaShaun continue to delight audiences in Bangkok with her jazzy soul and soulful jazz. Coco has sung in over 21 countries. Coco has been pouring out her own special blend of music for audiences around the world for almost twenty years. After attending her first concert at the tender age of seven to see Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan, Coco’s destiny was realized.

Some thought it started at the famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City when Coco entered into the legendary talent competition “Amateur Night at the Apollo” where many of the legends of jazz and soul music made a name for themselves, including the likes of Ella Fitzgerald – her favourite singer of all time.

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David Barrett is a MICE Consultant, Marketing Strategist and digital video advocate. Founder of DBC Group, Member of Institute of Place Management (MIMP) his motto is “Everybody has a story to tell. Let me tell yours.”

David is a long-term resident of Bangkok having lived and worked in the Thai capital for more than 32 years. He is recognised in the Thai tourism and hospitality industry for his passion for promoting Thailand, his love of Thai food, and his creative approach to marketing.

64 years young, David is a Brit in Bangkok. Born in St Helier, UK, he returned to the UK and set up home in Cornwall during the COVID pandemic. With business back as usual, David has returned to Thailand. He’s a man on a mission to interview leaders and trend-setters in business, sustainability, the arts and entertainment. You can watch his weekly conversations on Trends YouTube channel.