Consulate’s First Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live: Erena Terakubo

Friday, January 22 at 5:00 p.m. EST

Online with Facebook Live

Admission: Free

The first Friday Night Live of 2021, an event by Consulate General of Japan in New York, features world-class saxophonist Erena Terakubo.

Get ready for an exciting evening of jazz with Terakubo’s passionate sound accompanied by Akiko Tsuruga on the organ, Paul Bollenback on the guitar, and Fukushi Tainaka on drums. The concert will be streamed live from the Ambassador’s Residence in New York City.


“Blue Minor” – Sonny Clark
“Introduction to A Samba” – Cannonball Adderley
“Days of Wine and Roses” – Henry Mancini
“Frame for The Blues” – Slide Hampton
“Little Girl Power” – Erena Terakubo

About Erena Terakubo

Erena Terakubo was born in Sapporo, Japan, and began playing the alto saxophone at the age of nine. Terakubo was influenced by artists such as Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, and Sonny Stitt.

In 2010, she released her first album, North Bird, with Kenny Barron, Christian McBride, Lee Pearson, and Peter Bernstein, through the major Japanese label King Records. It reached No. 1 on the Japanese jazz charts and won Swing Journal’s Gold Disc. Later that year, she performed at the Tokyo Jazz Festival with Ron Carter, Omar Hakim, and Will Boulware.

She recorded her second album, New York Attitude, with Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Lee Pearson, and Dominick Farinacci the following year. She also received a presidential scholarship from Berklee College of Music. After graduating in 2015, she moved to New York.

Terakubo has released six albums and has toured around the globe, performing in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, Australia, and the Middle East. For more information, please visit her website.

About Akiko Tsuruga

Organist Akiko Tsuruga is an accomplished composer and extraordinary performer who has received high accolades from saxophonist Lou Donaldson, who called her “The Queen of the Organ.” She has played in Donaldson’s band since 2007 and performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Village Vanguard, and Dizzy’s Club.

She began playing the organ at the age of 3 and cites organists Jimmy Smith; Brother Jack McDuff; Charles Earland; Jimmy McGriff; and her mentor and teacher, Dr. Lonnie Smith, as influences. Tsuruga’s playing complements fellow musicians on stage, sharing a common joy and an intensely positive energy for great musical experiences. Her style is light and can shift from playing funky boogaloo to be-bop to blues.

Tsuruga has ten recordings as a leader and ranks as one of today’s top organists. Downbeat Magazine named her Rising Star – Organ in their 2020 Critics Poll. For more information, please visit her website.

About Fukushi Tainaka

Master drummer Fukushi Tainaka is one of the best known Japanese jazz musicians of his generation and one of the most in-demand drummers on the international jazz scene.

A longtime member of legendary alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson’s group, Tainaka played alongside countless other prominent jazz artists, including trumpet legend Dizzy Gillespie, guitarist George Benson, pianist Champian Fulton, and organist Dr. Lonnie Smith.

During the past two decades, Tainaka has performed in most New York jazz venues, including Birdland, Black Duck, The Blue Note, Garage, Fat Cat, Smoke, Smalls, The Village Vanguard. He has also played at major concert halls, jazz clubs, and festivals all over the world. Tainaka has toured Japan since the early 1980s with his own groups, as a member of the acclaimed pianist Shizuko Yokoyama’s trio, and with Lou Donaldson and other jazz greats. Since the mid-80s, Fukushi has toured Europe, appearing at jazz clubs and festivals.

He appears on two hit CDs with Lou Donaldson, Shizuko Yokoyama’s album My Mother, and dozens of other recordings on various Japanese jazz labels.

About Paul Bollenback

Paul Bollenback started his career in music in 1981 and has performed as a sideman with a wide range of jazz luminaries, including artists as diverse as Stanley Turrentine, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Steve Gadd, Gary Bartz, David “Fathead” Newman, Terri Lyne Carrington, and much more. He is known for his versatility and for an influential 20-year stint with jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco.

Bollenback performs on more than 80 recordings as a sideman and has released eight CDs as a leader. A busy performance schedule has been augmented since the late ’90s by steady jazz education duties at Columbia University, Queens College, and The New School. Bollenback is also a composer whose pieces have appeared on Joey DeFrancesco’s Reboppin’ and on the Jazz Times Superband CD. His most recent recording with his trio, Portraits in Space and Time, was released in 2014.