Erena Terakubo was born in Sapporo, Japan in 1992. She began playing the alto saxophone at the age of nine. Between the ages of 10 and 15, she participated in the Sapporo Junior Jazz Orchestra, where she had the opportunity to have jazz clinics with musicians including Herbie Hancock and Tiger Okoshi. Terakubo later attended the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program, where she was rewarded a full-tuition scholarship and was selected for the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop with Terri Lyne Carrington.
In 2010, she recorded her first album, "North Bird" with Kenny Barron, Christian McBride, Lee Pearson, and Peter Bernstein. The album was released in Japan by Japanese major record label King, reached no. 1 on the Japanese jazz charts, and was awarded Swing Journal's Gold Disc. Later that year, she performed with Ron Carter, Omar Hakim, and Will Boulware as part of the Tokyo Jazz Festival.
In 2011, Terakubo recorded her second album, "New York Attitude" with Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Lee Pearson, and Dominick Farinacci, and she was chosen as one of just six Presidential Scholars from across the world to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Her concert appearances have included Tokyo Jazz Festival, Sapporo City Jazz Festival, Jazz Week Osaka 2010 (with Michel Camilo Trio), Nagoya Jazz Festival (with Yosuke Yamashita), Kitara Hall (with Sapporo Symphony Orchestra), and D.C. Jazz Festival 2012. She has been fortunate to work with musicians such as Sadao Watanabe, Terumasa Hino, Eddie Gomez, Jimmy Cobb, and Anthony Jackson..
Terakubo has been selected to perform in summer 2012, at the Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles, for the Bill Cosby portion of the program.
Curt Garey is a Brooklyn-based jazz musician who actively circulates throughout New York City's diverse music scene. He's had the privilege to share the stage with Andrew D'Angelo, Jeff Lederer, Matt Wilson, Tim Price, and Michael Spiro among others. Before moving to New York, he attended The University of North Texas where he studied with Ed Soph and earned a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies. Before that, in his home state of Kansas, he completed a Bachelors in Percussion at Wichita State University under the guidance of Dr. J.C. Combs.
He has performed in many of NYC's top music venues: Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Iridium, The Knitting Factory, Jazz at Kitano, Rockwood Music Hall, Roulette, Barbes, Brooklyn Bowl, Joe's Pub, The Metropolitan Room, and 54 Below. He has toured in Europe as well as the U.S.A., with his first road experience being the 1999 national tour of The King And I.
Some recent notable recordings include The Suite Unraveling's self-titled album on John Zorn's Tzadik label, as well as Lloyd H. Miller's Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!
Curt loves passing along what he has learned about music and the art of drumming. In Kansas he taught at Hutchinson Community College, Central Christian College, and has been a guest clinician at Ithaca College, Texas A&M, and the University of New Mexico. He teaches privately in NYC.
What folks are saying about Curt:
"Yeah, man! You played you ass off!" - Albert "Tootie" Heath
Steve Wood was born in Chicago in 1981 and grew up in Oak Park, Illinois. He began playing the violin at age 10 but had already switched to the bass by age 12. While studying classical music and playing in school orchestras, he listened extensively to the music of Charles Mingus and George Clinton. He began working professionally in jazz and funk groups by 16 and in 1998 he successfully auditioned for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, joining the CYSO on a European tour including concerts in Prague, Sofia and Budapest.
Steve has a B.A. in Jazz Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory where he studied with Peter Dominguez, Wendell Logan, Gary Bartz, Billy Hart, and Dan Wall among others. In 2004, he moved to Graz, Austria to pursue a master's degree. He graduated in 2006 with honors. In Austria he quickly became a first call bassist working with former professors Wayne Darling, Fritz Pauer, Renato Chicco, Uli Rennert and Stjepko Gut as well as working with other great musicians based in the area, including Doug Hammond, Howard Curtis, Harry Sokal, and Karl Ratzer.
Since 2009 Steve has lived in Brooklyn and has been an active member of the New York jazz scene. A few of the many incredible musicians he has performed with are Johnathon Blake, Jaleel Shaw, Anthony Wonsey, Greg Tardy, Aruan Ortiz, Peter Evans, Michael Blake, Tada Unno and Marianne Solivan. Steve has also performed at private events for Senator Chuck Schumer, Russell Simmons, Liv Tyler, Brooke Shields and Sir Paul McCartney.
Yoshino Nakahara is a multi-talented professional pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader who has performed internationally, and with highly acclaimed musicians such as Gregory Hutchinson, Gilad Hekselman, E.J. Strickland, George Garzone, Lenny Stallworth, Darren Barret, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, Tivon Pennicott, Nori Shiota, Ken Ota, Hidenobu “KALTA” Otsuki, Hironobu Saito, Miki Hirose, Cesar Joaniquet, Leon Boykins, Jeff Miles and Evan Sherman. She is an accomplished musician and a brilliantly skilled
pianist described as having beautiful tone, rich harmonies, incredible rhythmic control and great influence from various musical genres. After hearing and playing with Ms. Nakahara, Gregory Hutchinson, who is described as “the drummer of his generation” in Jazz Magazine and is one of the most highly respected musicians of our time said : “Your time feel is surprising. I know many pianists, but it is rare to see a pianist who plays such adventurous improvisation like you
In 2015, Yoshino released her first album „A Ray of Light“ recorded with her quartet in the U.S. and in Japan. The album has been selected as one of the „Pick-up“ albums of September 2015 and has been listed as one of the „Pick-up Titles by „The Walker’s“ vol.44“ on Amazon Japan. She has played Gospel at Church and also had a chance to share the stage with Japanese famous pop, R&B singer Ki-Yo and perform his original R&B tunes. She is currently a band member of the renown singer Ms. Blu and her Blusical City Quartet, and also Reverbnation Rank#3 R&B/Soul group, Ruby and the soul system.