Jazz concert at Bowdoin


TOPSHAM – The Toshiko Akiyoshi Quartet, featuring tenor saxophonist and flutist Lew Tabackin, bassist Paul Gill and drummer Mark Taylor, will perform Saturday, April 15, at Mt. Ararat Middle School.

The public concert is the concluding event of Akiyoshi’s six-day teaching residency at Bowdoin College.

Bowdoin’s Polar Jazz Band and Bowdoin Jazz Ensembles, under the direction of Steve Grover, and the all-women jazz band, the Edith Jones Project, will join the Quartet.

Admission is free of charge, but tickets are required. Tickets may be reserved through April 14 by phoning or visiting the David Saul Smith Union information desk on the Bowdoin campus (207) 725-3375.

Akiyoshi started playing the piano at age 7. Born in Manchuria, she and her family moved back to Japan at the end of World War II, where she began playing jazz. She eventually moved to the United States to study at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

During her years in Boston, and then in New York, she began composing and arranging, and moved to Los Angeles in 1972 with her husband, saxophonist/flutist Lew Tabackin. In 1973, they formed what is now the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra.

Akiyoshi and the orchestra recorded 18 albums and received 14 Grammy Award nominations.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Orion Performing Arts Center at the school.