Adjunct Professor, part-time

Akira Tana


BM in Percussion, New England Conservatory, 1979; BA in East Asian Studies, Harvard University, 1974. Performed with jazz greats Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Zoot Sims, Hubert Laws, Milt Jackson, Jim Hall, Art Farmer, The Paul Winter Consort, Paquito D’Rivera, James Moody, J.J. Johnson, Lena Horne, and The Manhattan Transfer, among others. Performed at the Tanglewood Festival under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Gunther Schuller and has accompanied diverse artists such as Charles Aznavour, Maurice Hines and Van Dyke Parks. Teaches privately and at San Francisco State University. Conducts clinics and master classes throughout the country sponsored in part by Yamaha Drums and Vic Firth Sticks.