The Japanese pianist from Cleveland followed closely in Chick Corea’s footsteps, first with Corea’s Return to Forever bandmates Flora Purim, Airto Moreira and Joe Farrell, then with one of Miles Davis’ last groups in the late ’80s. Having played with everyone from Stanley Turrentine to Tom Harrell, Akagi has settled down somewhat as the venerable head of the jazz program at UC Irvine. Still a performer at heart, his latest album, Circlepoint, features his longstanding all-Japanese trio with bassist Shunya Wakai and drummer Tamaya Honda. Akagi was known in the '80s for his electronic keyboard playing; people who don’t know his later work will be impressed by his lyrical touch and deft precision on piano.
Thu., Feb. 26, 9 p.m.-midnight, 2015
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