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. 


Jazz Singer Trio

Sax 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

Self taught  on all 6 strings starting at 7 yrs old in Hampton, Virginia. Played with Jimmy SmithBrenwana Night Club House Band, and toured with Art Landee while at Amherst College. Also seen locally with Jorg Dubin Jazz Quartet, Just Friends Jazz Band, and others. Former accomplished surgeon. 

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!

Check out the home page or visit Allen's Jazz Piano on YouTube for additional recording clips and samples.

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