Band / Affiliation: Jazz Artist
Hailing from Osaka, Japan, Akiko Tsuruga has been a mainstay in the New York jazz scene since 2001. This talented young organist began playing the organ at the age of three and launched her career in jazz immediately after graduating from the Osaka College of Music. While in Osaka, she had the opportunity to play with numerous top jazz musicians from the United States. Grady Tate, in particular, had the strongest influence on her decision to become a professional musician, performing on her Japanese debut album. After landing in New York City, it didn’t take long for Akiko to be embraced by her fellow musicians and recognized as one of the top organ players in the city. A regular and crowd favorite at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center, Akiko has headlined many top jazz venues, such as Blue Note, Birdland and Smoke. and enjoys performingas a side musician for other jazz artists. Grady Tate’s vocal group and the Lou Donaldson Quartet are just two of the many artists she frequently performs with.