Jazz virtuoso Akiko Tsuruga and the Akiko Tsuruga Trio. A popular and innovative mainstay on the New York jazz scene, Tsuruga has been praised as one of the most dynamic performers in music. Performing with her bandmates Charlie Sigler on guitar and McClenty Hunter on drums, Tsuruga will offer an exciting lineup of jazz standards and original compositions at the concert.
Drawing influence from jazz greats including Grady Tate and Dr. Lonnie Smith, Tsuruga’s performances have delighted audiences at prominent New York venues including Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola/Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, Blue Note and Smoke Jazz & Supper Club. A native of Osaka, Japan, Tsuruga started playing the organ at the age of three and later graduated from Osaka College of Music. She began making her mark in the music industry in her homeland and soon became a noted jazz composer, organist and pianist. Moving to New York City in 2001, Tsuruga has released seven albums and performed extensively both as the leader of her own trio and as a side musician for artists including Grady Tate’s vocal group and the Lou Donaldson Quartet.
Friday, March 24, 2017, 6 p.m.
City College Center for the Arts (CCCA)—Aaron Davis Hall, West 135th Street and Convent Avenue (129 Convent Avenue), New York, New York