Graduating from Harvard with a degree in social sciences, Akira Tana enrolled at the New England Conservatory of Music where he performed in both classical and jazz idioms. Playing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and student ensembles as well as with musicians such as Helen Humes, Milt Jackson, Sonny Rollins, George Russell, and Sonny Stitt, he also performed with Charles Aznavour, Ran Blake, Ray Bryant, Al Cohn, Chris Connor, Art Farmer, Carl Fontana, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson, Jim Hall, Jimmy Heath, Lena Horne, J.J. Johnson, Warne Marsh, Tete Montoliu, James Moody, Spike Robinson, Jimmy Rowles, Zoot Sims, Cedar Walton, and Frank Wess. Akira makes his debut appearance on July 8, 2019, with a stellar quintet featuring:
Atsuko Hashimoto, a jazz musician from Osaka, Japan, who plays Hammond B3 electronic organ and has performed in Japan and the United States. In 1999, she debuted in the US, playing at clubs in New Orleans as well as Jazz at Pearl’s in San Francisco, where she performed with Bruce Forman on guitar and Sacramento native Vince Lateana on drums. In 2000, she toured Japan with “Brother” Jack McDuff and his band, and in September that year shared the bill with Dr. Lonnie Smith at Blue Note Osaka. 2001 saw Atsuko returned to California, playing at the San Jose Jazz Festival, The Baked Potato in Studio City and the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. In 2002, she toured Japan with Diana Krall. She has recorded five CDs along with Osaka jazz guitarist Yutaka Hashimoto and saxophonist Hideki Kawamura, and Kenny Washington, an American jazz singer, recently dubbed “the Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Kenny Washington is a jazz virtuoso who thrills audiences with his soulful interpretations, seemingly limitless range, and rapid-fire scatting. Ravi Coltrane has declared Kenny, his favorite male vocalist, and Mark Murphy said in a Jazz Times interview that Kenny was the only contemporary male vocalist carrying on the tradition.