Kei Akagi Tokyo Trio with guest artist James NewtonJazz/Blues
Presented by Irvine Barclay Theatre
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Pianist, composer and bandleader, Kei Akagi has been a mainstay of the international jazz world for over four decades. A member of the Miles Davis band in the late 1980’s, Kei has released 13 CD's as a leader and has appeared on over 60 others as a sideman including Miles Davis’ last recorded works. Joined by bassist Shunya Wakai and drummer Tamaya Honda, the Kei Akagi Tokyo Trio has given over 400 performances worldwide and is renowned for its lyricism and refined musical invention. Experimenting with modern concepts within jazz improvisation, the Kei Akagi Tokyo Trio is helping to move forward the evolution of the piano trio into the 21st century.
James Newton is a legendary composer and musician voted top flutist for a record-breaking 23 times by DownBeat magazine.