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Preview "Commencement" by Lou Donaldson's Hammond B3 Organist Akiko Tsuruga
Preview "Commencement" by Lou Donaldson's Hammond B3 Organist Akiko Tsuruga

Mellow out to the Soul-Jazz swing of Akiko Tsuruga on her forthcoming LP "Commencement" which showcases her natural ability to soothe and groove you with fluid performances on the keys. This project is currently in fundraising stage but you can preview Akiko's sounds above which present the talent of an emerging Jazz musician who is set to carry the Hammond torch forth in the vein of greats such as Lonnie Smith and Jimmy McGriff.


If you haven't heard of me before or don't know me well, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to explore some new music. This talented church-bred organist Osaka College of Music, my career as a jazz organist started immediately. I immigrated into NYC in 2001 and have been blessed with so many celebrated music artists such as Lou Donaldson, Grady Tate, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Frank Wess, Bernard 'Pretty' Prudie and Jimmy Cobb. I have been playing Hammond B3 Organ in Lou Donaldson's Quartet since 2007. He has taken me to all over the world (Europe, Asia including jazz clubs and jazz festivals in the United States). Meanwhile, my own band has headlined many well-known jazz venues as Vail Jazz Festival, Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in Jazz at Lincoln Center.
For more information, please check out my website

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