Join us for this special occasion with The Kei Akagi Trio, featuring Kei Akagi (piano), and from Japan, Shunya Wakai (bass), and Tamaya Honda (drums and percussion)
Special guests Tobin Chodos (piano), David Borgo (sax), Justin Grinnell (bass) and Andrew Munsey (drums).
KEI AKAGI TRIO BIO:
The Trio was formed in 2000 and has given well over 300 performances. Its music is documented on six CDs. The band leader, Kei Akagi, has been a mainstay of the international jazz world for over two decades. Perhaps best known for his work as a member of the Miles Davis band in the late 1980s, his career also includes extended associations with major figures such as Stanley Turrentine, James Newton, Joe Farrell, Al DiMeola, and Airto Moreira.
Kei Akagi has also performed or recorded with Art Pepper, Blue Mitchell, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Charnett Moffett, Tom Harrell, Bobby Shew, Eddie Harris, Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, Robin Eubanks, Jean-Luc Ponty, Jeff Watts, Allan Holdsworth, and others.
Akagi has recorded 13 CDs as a solo artist and leader. As a sideman and accompanist, he is on over 60 CDs worldwide, including Miles Davis last recorded works. He has also written numerous original works for his own and others recordings, with over 60 compositions currently in publication.
Akagis performance schedule revolves around two major international concert tours a year. As Professor of Music at the University of California, Irvine, he oversees the jazz studies program, teaching jazz history, theory and composition, jazz piano, and performance. He is also a recipient of the distinguished title of UCI Chancellors Professor.
SHUNYA WAKAI (bass)
Shunya Wakai was born in 1988 in Aichi-ken, Japan. Upon entering Meiji University in Tokyo, he started playing the contrabass, and embarked on his professional career a year later. He is currently much in demand throughout Japan by major bands. He was the bassist on the recording Shiawasw Na Mori No Ghibli which was released on October 6, 2010. The recording was No.1 on Amazon, and reached fifth place for iTunes downloads, both within jazz music categories.
TAMAYA HONDA (drums & percussion)
Born 1969 in Tokyo, Tamaya Honda comes from a lineage of renowned Japanese jazz musicians. His father was pianist Takehiro Honda, a towering figure for decades in the world of jazz. His mother, Chiko Honda, is an extremely popular jazz vocalist. Sadao Watanabe, an internationally renowned saxophonist, is his uncle. Surrounded by this background, it was only natural that Tamaya started playing drums while still a child. Tamayas drumming is both powerful and delicate, with a thoroughly modern musicality that transcends genres. He was an integral part of the band Native Sun, led by his father. One of Japans most popular bands during the electric era, Tamaya took part in numerous recordings and performances of this group. Tamaya has also played or recorded with luminaries such as Toshiko Akiyoshi, Junior Mance, Kazumi Watanabe, Paul Jackson, and Sadao Watanabe. He has also toured internationally with his own groups, appearing as featured artist in major jazz festivals in Asia and Europe.