Drummer Akira Tana has worked with Sonny Rollins,
Sonny Stitt, Zoot Sims, Hubert
Laws, Milt Jackson, Jim Hall, Art Farmer, Tete Montoliu, Paul Winter,
Paquito D'Rivera, James Moody, J.J. Johnson, Lena Horne, the Heath
Brothers, and Manhattan Transfer. He has appeared on over 150
Tana co-led a quintet with bassist Rufus Reid, called TanaReid, which
released five CDs. A further five CDs followed with his own bands,
Otonowa, and The Secret Agent Men Band.
Akira appeared here previously with Larry Vuckovich, Jerome Sabbagh,
Jon Mayer, Knucklebean, Rob Schneiderman, Tim Armacost/David
Berkman, John Klopotowski, and Mark Lewis.
Born in Osaka, Japan, Atsuko Hashimoto began playing organ at
the age of four. At age 18, she started working for Hammond Japan,
giving live organ demonstrations and instruction as a Hammond-certified
At the 40th Naniwa Arts Festival in 2003, she received several awards
for her outstanding achievements in music, including the Shoji Nakayama
Jazz Award, the Progressive Musician's Prize, and awards from both the
Governor and Mayor of Osaka.
She has a toured with Jeff Hamilton and Houston Person on the West
Coast, and performed at Port-Townsend Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz
Festival, Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, Frank DeMiero
Jazz Festival and more.
She currently maintains a busy schedule performing and teaching in