Allen and the Akusta Kats
Creative and varied but always jazz. Our music spans standards, straight-ahead, blues, latin, and even a few reimagined pop tunes by talented OC and Laguna long-time jazz cats.
Piano / Sax Jazz Duo
Allen Takatsuka : Piano
Discovered piano at age 7. Studied with Don Haas and fabulous SF Bay Area public and community fine arts programs. Played with New Vintage and JLQ. Also seen locally with Jorg Dubin Jazz Quartet, Satin Express, vocalists Janet Orsi and Crystal Clulee, and others. Software engineering program manager by day.
Howard Conn : Guitar
Adrian Turner : Bass
Studied Music at Portland State University and Mount Hood Community College in Oregon, as well as under Dan Schulte, Tim Gilson, and Carol Kaye. Also seen locally with Jorg Dubin Jazz Quartet, his band Modern Time, and others. Freelance bassist in Orange County.
Jorg Dubin : Drums
Hit his first snare drum at age 11. Played with Michael Hamilton, Sue Thomas, and Elaine Miles. Played with Buck Naked and the Chapped Cheeks in the 90's then with the Gary Hogan Jazz Trio. Also seen locally with his Jorg Dubin Jazz Quartet. A Laguna Beach visual artist - catch his works around town!