Drummer Nation show #39 “The Time is Built into the Melody” Akira Tana

My guest today is the great jazz drummer, Akira Tana. Raised in California and Harvard educated, Akira co-led a quintet with the bassist Rufus Reid, releasing five albums as the band known as TanaReid. He’s also worked with jazz luminaries Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Zoot Zims, Milt Jackson, and many others. We talk about his early days, new releases as a leader, and present work as an educator.


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