Posted On July 11, 2019

Originally Posted on July 19th, 2019

A few months ago I came across a video of the phenomenal young alto player, Erena Terakubo, BURNING on Jackie McLean’s “Bird Lives.”

I must’ve watched the video ten times before I was able to move on about my day. She was absolutely killing it with her beautiful sound, rock solid time, and fiery vibe. This solo went immediately onto my “must transcribe” list!

Well, I finally got around to it and thought you’d enjoy so I wanted to share it with you - just click the button above to check it out and download a free copy.

Erena was born in Sapporo, Japan and started playing the alto saxophone when she was nine years old.

In 2010, Terakubo released her first album, "North Bird" which featured Kenny Barron, Christian McBride, Lee Pearson, and Peter Bernstein. It went to #1 on the Japanese jazz charts and was awarded Swing Journal's “Gold Disc” award. Later, she received a presidential scholarship from Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2015 moving to New York in the same year.

She has performed with a “who’s who list” of musicians such as Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Vincent Herring, Christian McBride, John Beasley's Monk'estra, Lewis Nash, and Lenny White just to name a few. Terakubo has also already released six albums and toured the globe as a leader.

Make sure to visit her website and connect with her on social media - her career is sure to be fun to follow!

>>> Visit Erena’s Website <<<

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