Vallejo Jazz Society presents Akira Tana and Otonowa
Sunday, August 4 @ 5:00 PM| $20
Doors open 4PM | Show starts at 5PM
Up to two students free with adult ticket purchase
Front Row Table $140
4 Seats Per Table ($35 per seat)
Akira Tana – Drums/Leader
Art Hirahara – Piano
Masaru Koga – Reeds, Percussion
Ken Okada – Bass
Special Guest, Shoko Hikage-koto
Akira Tana co-led a quintet with the bassist, Rufus Reid called TanaReid, has five releases, “Yours and Mine” and “Passing Thoughts,” on Concord Records and “Blue Motion” and “Looking Forward,”and “Back to Front,” on Evidence Music. On Sons of Sound, Akira has three releases as a leader, “Moon Over the World, Secret Agent Men. and a project by the Secret Agent Men Band playing themes from the movies of James Bond, entitled “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.” This project features Rodney Jones, Gary Versace, Jimmy Greene and Annie Sellick, among others.
Art Hirahara is a jazz keyboardist and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Art moved to New York in 2003 to be challenged by its pool of world-class musicians. There he has honed his craft, performing in a wide range of musical situations ranging from straight ahead standards to time cycle-based progressive jazz to free improvisation. From the traditional to the avant-garde, Art has found a sound of his own that cuts across genres and boundaries.
Award-winning, multi-instrumentalist, Masaru Koga considers himself a product of the Japanese corporate globalization movement of the 1970’s. Born in Chiba, Japan, his childhood and teenage years were spent living in Japan, the U.S. and what was then West Germany. His current and longest place of residence has been the San Francisco Bay Area, where he has been a part of its musical community for the past 15+ years.
Bassist Noriyuki “Ken” Okada was born in New York and raised in São Paulo, Brazil and Yokohama, Japan. Reflecting the fact that he grew up in multiple different cultures, Ken enjoys playing in various styles, from jazz to samba to fusion. He learned jazz when he played in the big band at Keio University as a visiting member from University of Tokyo, where he won Yamano Big Bang Contest, the largest national college jazz competition in Japan. He started playing professionally in Tokyo until he moved to the Bay Area in 2002. Since then he has been performing in jazz combos and big bands with fine local jazz artists such as John Worley, Leon Joyce, Yancie Taylor, Destiny Muhammad, Eric Bolvin and Rick Vandivier in jazz clubs and festivals.
Shoko Hikage studied the koto with Chizuga Kimura, Seiga Adachi and Shizuga Adachi of the Ikuta Ryu Sokyoku Seigen Kai. In 1988, She graduated from Takasaki College with a major in koto music, and was immediately accepted as a special research student in Sawai Sokyoku In under Tadao Sawai and Kazue Sawai, where she subsequently received her master’s certificate. In 1992, she moved to Honolulu to teach at the Sawai Koto Kai Hawaii.