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      September 1, 2018

      Saturday   3:00 PM

      423 Bridge Street
      Watsonville, California 95076

      Tohoku Jazz Benefit Featuring Akira Tana & Art Hirahara

      Eye-opening, culture-bending Japanese jazz. Drummer Akira Tana has a gilt-edged jazz pedigree: Harvard, the New England Conservatory, and twenty years in New York City with stints with Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Hubert Laws, Zoot Sims, Lena Horne, Ruth Brown and James Moody. He and bassist Rufus Reid’s group, TanaReid in the 90’s have had a rich partnership – five CDs and touring to match – and his latest CD project, JAZZaNOVA, features guests like Branford Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval. But the past, including bringing his Secret Agent Band to the bay area in the recent years, as they say, is prologue, because the very special group appearing September 1 at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple brings Akira’s consummate musical mastery into congruence with his deep Japanese cultural roots. Otonowa, which means “sound circle”, was formed originally to showcase traditional Japanese songs and pop through jazz arrangements. But 2011’s terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan were to become a crucible for Otonowa, which launched this brotherhood of Japanese-American jazz luminaries into a program of touring and recording to raise both funds and spirits for the survivors. You’ll hear unique melodies you’ve never heard in highly original settings you’re unlikely soon to forget. This appearance by Otonowa will also be a celebration of their third recording release. Also, what make this benefit concert for Tohoku such a special event is Art Hirahara and his family’s long association with the temple.   Personnel: Akira Tana, drums; Art Hirahara, piano; Masaru Koga, woodwinds, percussion; Noriyuki “Ken” Okada, bass Guests: Shoko Hikage, Koto Saki Kono, Vocal  

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