Akiko Tsuruga Trio March 24, 2017 | 7pm Aaron Davis Hall
“One of the most talked about and acclaimed jazz organists on the scene today!” – Allegro Music
“Akiko’s playing is like watching a flower blooming, a bird spreading her wings in the music world. Akiko is here to stay.” – Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jazz legend
Akiko Tsuruga Trio
Friday, March 24, 2017
Aaron Davis Hall
Tickets: $20 Regular / Students & Seniors $10
Hailing from Osaka, Japan, Akiko Tsuruga will perform jazz standards and songs from her soon to be released 8th cd with bandmates Charlie Sigler on guitar and McClenty Hunter on drums.
About Akiko Tsurunga
AKIKO has been a mainstay on the New York jazz scene since 2001. Being of Japanese origin, this talented musician began playing the Organ at the age of three. She launched her career in jazz immediately after graduating from the Osaka College of Music. While living in Osaka, she had opportunities to play with world-renowned jazz musicians from the United States. Grady Tate, in particular, had the strongest influence on her professional career and convinced her to move to the U. S, and performed on her Japanese debut album. Dr. Lonnie Smith is one of Akiko’s greatest mentors, and she considers him as her biggest influence. Her talent also drew Lou Donaldson’s attention, and soon he chose her (2007) as his quartet’s organist.
After landing in the mecca for jazz, New York City, it didn’t take long for Akiko to make her mark. She was embraced not only audiences but by her fellow musicians as one of the top organ players in the city. Early in her New York career, she had the great pleasured to play several gigs with Frank Wess and Jimmy Cobb. Also, in this time she established herself as a featured Organist at all of the great Organ Clubs in New York City and along the East Coast. While she has made a great reputation performing with her own band, more recently headliner at the Blue Note in Tokyo, and the Jakarta jazz festival, she has also enhanced her name on the jazz scene working with Lou at Carnegie Hall, and more recently Jeff Hamilton, playing at jazz festivals and jazz clubs all over the world,
including tours in Japan, Asia and Europe. Being a regular and crowd favorite at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in Jazz at Lincoln Center, Akiko has headlined many well-known jazz venues, the Blue Note, Smalls, Green mill in Chicago, Yoshi’s in Oakland, CA, Rochester International Jazz Festival, Iowa City Jazz Festival Java Jazz Festival (Indonesia), among others.
Being the most reputable and attractive organist, Akiko is at the center of the New York scene. She can be seen around town as a leader or sideman with musicians such as Jeff Hamilton, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Lewis Nash, Jerry Weldon, Eric Alexander and Joe Magnarelli and many others.