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Jazz to Match Your Event or Venue


Allen is a talented jazz pianist with a passion for music that began at the age of 7. He discovered jazz during junior high school and transitioned from classical to jazz training during high school, studying under the tutelage of the late SF Bay Area jazz pianist, Don Haas.

Throughout his career, Allen has played with a variety of jazz groups in California, including the New Vintage fusion and JLQ jazz groups, as well as with artists such as Satin Express group, Pacific Sounds duo, and Art of Jazz contemporary jazz group. He continues to play with the best of local jazz musicians, including the Laguna Jazz Jam Rhythm Section, Bella Musica Jazz Ensemble, and various jazz vocalists.

When he's not leading software engineering teams as an Engineering Program Manager, Allen can be found performing solo jazz and cocktail piano for events. He is based in Orange County and regularly plays with a Laguna Beach-based quartet and vocalist Crystal Clulee, among others.

With a dedication to jazz and an ability to adapt to different musical styles and contexts, Allen's career showcases his versatility as a musician. His passion for music continues to drive his career, providing opportunities for him to play with some of the best musicians in the area.

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Jazz Quartet (or Trio)

Keyboard: Allen Takatsuka

Guitar: Howard Conn

Bass: Adrian Turner

Drums: Jorg Dubin

Jazz Duos

Piano & Vocalist (Crystal Clulee & others)

Piano & Sax (Mike DeBellis & others)

Piano & Guitar (Sam Shepherd & others)

Solo 'Cocktail' Piano