Akiko will be back at Linda's Jazz Nights with her band featuring Joe Magnarelli (trumpet), Myron Walden (tenor sax), McClenty Hunter (drums), and Akiko Tsuruga (organ). She is a consummate musician and a powerhouse on stage. Akiko has ten albums as a leader to her credit. Her debut album in the U.S., “Sweet and Funky” ,was selected as a “Best Album of 2007” in DOWNBEAT Magazine. Akiko has been a regular in the DOWNBEAT polls since 2008 - culminating this year with the 65th Annual Critics Poll, coming in at #2 in the “Rising Star - Organ” category. Akiko’s newest excitement is a trio project featuring jazz celebrity drummer, Jeff Hamilton and a superb rising guitarist, Graham Dechter, with their first recording, “Equal Time” which was released in June 2019.