BBTBERKELEY BUDDHIST TEMPLE

The two-day bazaar and arts festival, which is the major fundraiser for the temple, will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 16, and from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 17. The temple is located at 2121 Channing Way.

Acclaimed jazz drummer Akira Tana and the Secret Agent Band featuring jazz organist Akiko, vocalist Annie Sellick, saxophonist James Mahone and guitarist Jeff Massanari will headline the entertainment at the 66th annual Satsuki Bazaar and Arts Festival on Sunday, May 17, at the Berkeley Buddhist Temple.

Akira Tana Akira Tana, son of the late Berkeley Buddhist Temple minister Rev. Daisho Tana, has established himself as one of the most sought-after drummers on the international jazz scene. He has worked with Sonny Rollins, Zoot Sims, Hubert Laws, Art Farmer, Lena Horne, Charles Aznavour, The Manhattan Transfer, Van Dyke Parks, and has appeared on more than 150 recordings.

Jazz organist Akiko, a mainstay on the New York jazz scene since 2001, has performed at jazz festivals and jazz clubs worldwide, including tours of Europe and Japan. In 2012, she ranked sixth in Downbeat magazine's Rising Star category and has released five albums in Japan and four in the United States.

Jazz vocalist Annie Sellick of Nashville, Tennessee, has been compared to the greats, including Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae and Betty Carter. But she is undeniably an original and there is nothing shy or demure about Sellick's control of the stage, the music, her sound and her audience.

In addition, saxophonist James Mahone and guitarist Jeff Massanari will perform as members of the Secret Agent ensemble.

J-Town Jazz Ensemble
George Yoshida's J-Town Jazz Ensemble got its start in the early 1990s and members largely came from the Bay Area's Nisei and Sansei musician community. The band's music is drawn largely from the music of Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman and Count Basie. more …

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