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Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra

At the forefront of Brooklyn’s burgeoning big band scene, the Japanese-born composer Asuka Kakitani has attracted some of New York’s finest jazz artists with her adventurous, melodically charged charts. After several years of regular performances around New York City, the dynamically supple 18-piece Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra makes a stunning debut with Bloom, due out January 26 on Nineteen-Eight Records.

Outside of Lincoln Center, virtually all jazz orchestras exist as a labor of love. Kakitani has fostered the necessary dedication among her peers with writing so bright, vivid and personal that it inspires some of New York’s leading improvisers to wondrously expressive heights. Prominently featured among the album’s stellar cast are saxophonist John O’Gallagher, trombonist Jacob Garchik, guitarist Pete McCann, pianist Mike Eckroth, drummer Mark Ferber, and Portuguese-born vocalist Sara Serpa,

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“[Joe Lovano, Robin Eubanks] and I quickly zeroed in on Asuka’s ‘Dance 1’. It stood out for its elegantorchestration, rhythmic vitality and command of jazz vocabulary.”
-Dan Morgenstern (jazz historian, author, former editor of DownBeat, Director of the Institute of Jazz at Rutgers University)

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Dan Moretti Dan Moretti
saxophone
Mike DiRubbo Mike DiRubbo
sax, alto
Kathy Sanborn Kathy Sanborn
composer/conductor
Kayle Brecher Kayle Brecher
vocalist
Ferit Odman Ferit Odman
drums
Ken Field Ken Field
sax, alto
Behn Gillece Behn Gillece
vibraphone
Jack DeSalvo Jack DeSalvo
guitar
Andrea Claburn Andrea Claburn
vocalist
Mike Vaccaro Mike Vaccaro
reeds

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