Chester Group announces a performance by noted Jazz organist Akiko Tsuruga at the upcoming New York Audio Show at the Hilton Westchester Hotel in Rye Brook New York on Saturday, November 7th, 2015 in the Tech Lounge, between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. The performance is sponsored by iconic audio brand Technics.
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 including mentors Grady Tate, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Lou Donaldson, who chose her (2007) as his quartet’s organist.
AKIKO has been embraced not only by audiences but by her fellow musicians as one of the top organ players in New York City. She has had the great pleasure to play with Frank Wess and Jimmy Cobb, and has established herself as a featured Organist at all of the great Organ Clubs in New York City and along the East Coast.
AKIKO has made a great reputation performing with her own band, most recently headlining at the Blue Note in Tokyo and the Jakarta jazz festival. She has also played with Lou at Carnegie Hall, and with Jeff Hamilton at jazz festivals and clubs all over the world, including tours in Japan and Europe. She is a regular and crowd favorite at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in Jazz at Lincoln Center, and has headlined at Blue Note, Smalls, the Green mill in Chicago, Yoshi's in Oakland, CA, and Pine Grill Reunion in Buffalo, NY among others.
AKIKO has released five albums in Japan and four in the U.S. Both of her first two US releases, “Sweet and Funky” and “Oriental Express” (18th & Vine Records), have ranked within top 20 on the national jazz radio charts. Akiko has been a regular on the DownBeat magazine critics poll since 2008. In 2012, she placed 6th in the Rising Star category of the magazine along with ranking in the readers poll. DownBeat Magazine and Keyboard Magazine have featured articles on Akiko. Her third US album, “Sakura” released in 2012 scored 7th on the national Jazz radio chart. Her latest album, “Commencement”, released on August 20th, 2014 both in the U.S. and in Japan, ranked 4th in the Jazz Week Chart. Jeff Hamilton (drums) and John Hart (guitar) performed on it. The CD release tour is scheduled in Japan.
AKIKO can be seen around town as a leader or sideman with musicians such as Jeff Hamilton, Jimmy Cobb, Lewis Nash, Jerry Weldon, Eric Alexander and Joe Magnarelli and many others. As her mentor, the legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith describes, “Akiko's playing is like watching a flower blooming, a bird spreading her wings in the music world. Akiko is here to stay.” Her future is bright and promising.
Presenting sponsor Technics thrilled long-time fans of the iconic audio brand when it announced its return to the North American market earlier this year with the launch of two Technics Hi-Fi systems -- the Technics R1 Reference-Class System and the Technics C700 Premium-Class System -- first new Technics Hi-Fi products to be introduced in six years. This past September, Technics unveiled a new range of hi-fi audio products that will appear in North America in early 2016.
Hilton Westchester Hotel, 699 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, New York 10573
Press Hours - Friday 6th November, 2015 10:00am – 2:00pm
Friday 6th November, 2015 2:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 7th November, 2015 10:00am—6:00pm
Sunday 8th November, 2015 10:00am—5:00pm