Born and raised in California, Akira Tana earned degrees from Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music. Tana co-led a quintet with the bassist, Rufus Reid called TanaReid, has five releases. The most recent release as a leader is a recording entitled “Otonowa,” which features jazz interpretations of Japanese folk and pop melodies that date as far back as the1800’s. An active teacher and clinician, Tana has taught at Rutgers University, Queens College, Jersey City State College, New York University, and is currently on the faculty at SF State and the Jazz Conservatory of California in Berkeley.
Focus: Jazz Drums