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B3 for Bunny: From New York, Akiko Tsuruga
featuring Joe Magnarelli
The legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith describes her this way: “Akiko’s playing is like watching a flower blooming, a bird spreading her wings in the music world. Akiko is here to stay.” Since landing in the mecca for jazz, New York City, Akiko has been embraced not only by audiences, but by her fellow musicians, as one of the top organ players in the city. She has shared to stage with Jimmy Cobb, Frank Wess, and Lou Donaldson to name a few. Her latest album features the great Jeff Hamilton on drums and Graham Dechter on guitar. With Joe Magnarelli trumpet, Cory Weeds tenor saxophone, and Julian MacDonough drums.
About B3 for Bunny
“This concert series is in loving memory of Bunny Moreton – a good friend, classy lady, and long-time jazz fan who had a particular predilection for jazz organ. She reintroduced me to jazz many years ago and thanks to her diligent research, we hit all the high spots and a few low ones as well. I’m so grateful to have known Bunny and to have shared so much with her.” -Joan Mariacher