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Harlem Dreams

by Akiko Tsuruga

New York City based Hammond Organist, Akiko Tsuruga's Japan debut album. Featuring: Grady Tate-drums, Frank Wess-flute & tenor sax, Satoshi Inoue - guitar.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. Rapid Shave
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2. The Breeze and I
6:44 $0.99
3. Peachie
4:41 $0.99
4. Harlem Nocturne
6:13 $0.99
5. Kiko
3:41 $0.99
6. Let's Hang Together
6:33 $0.99
7. When A Man Loves A Woman
6:05 $0.99
8. Cisco
5:31 $0.99
9. These Are Soulful Days
6:02 $0.99
10. Jitterbug Waltz
5:38 $0.99
11. If Ever I Would Leave You
4:34 $0.99
12. Geogia On My Mind
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New York City based Hammond Organist and pianist, Akiko Tsuruga, has established herself as an 'in demand' player since arriving from her home town of Osaka, Japan in 2001.

Akiko began Organ lessons at age three, and starting performing professionally throughout Japan after graduating from Osaka College Of Music.
While performing in Japan, she encountered and played with many noted American musicians, Roy Hargrove, Jeff “Tain” Watts and Grady Tate to name a few.
Grady Tate has been most influential in her career. He played on her debut CD, “Harlem Dreams” and encouraged her to move to New York.

After arriving in New York Akiko established herself as one of area’s top organist / pianist. Her trio featuring guitarist Eric Johnson and drummer Vincent Ector has been one of the area’s top groups, working many jazz nightclubs including, Dizzy’s (at Lincoln center) and The Blue Note. Her trio also plays private parties and summer outdoor concerts. Her long awaited debut CD, “Harlem Dreams” featuring Grady Tate and Frank Wess was released in Japan on the M&I label on May 19, 2004.

Akiko’s CD is so popular in Japan she has returned twice to perform. Her CD release tour featured Grady Tate on drums and guitarist Satoshi Inoue in August 2004. In September 2005, she returned to Japan with guitarist Eric Johnson and drummer Fukushi Tainaka.

It was this trip that caught the eyes and ears of Hammond Suzuki officials. The group was invited to the factory and Mr. Suzuki personally awarded her a Hammond XK-3 organ and endorsement.

Among her accomplishments is an organ jazz instructional book “Hammond Organ Complete” (Berklee Press) which was translated from
English to Japanese and has been published in Japan.

When she’s not leading her trio, she still enjoys working as a featured sideman in Grady Tate’s vocal group and with saxophonist Jerry Weldon and many others.

Akiko is currently working on a new CD to be released in January 2007.



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Lars Jonason, Stockholm, SWEDEN

My next CD Baby shipment will include this CD!!
If you are looking for the right organ sound you must select this CD to your album.
It's a real good one delivered of a young driving lady.


Harlem Dreams
Excellent debut (?) album from a swinging organ grinder. Organ tone and syncopation is jazz-perfect.