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The Erena Terakubo Quartet


Erena Terakubo was born in Sapporo, Japan in 1992. She began playing the alto saxophone at the age of nine. Between the ages of 10 and 15, she participated in the Sapporo Junior Jazz Orchestra, where she had the opportunity to have jazz clinics of famous jazz musicians including Herbie Hancock, and Tiger Okoshi. Erena later attended the Berklee 5-week summer program where she was rewarded a full tuition scholarship, and was selected for the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop, studying with Terri Lyne Carrington.

In 2010, she recorded her first album, North Bird, with Kenny Barron, Christian McBride, Lee Pearson, and Peter Bernstein. The album was released in Japan by Japanese major record label King, reached #1 on the Japanese jazz charts, and was awarded Swing Journal’s Gold Disc. Later that year, she performed with Ron Carter, Omar Hakim, and Will Boulware as part of the Tokyo Jazz Festival.

In 2011, Erena recorded her second disc, “New York Attitude” with Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Lee Pearson, and Dominick Farinacci, and she was chosen as one of just six Presidential Scholars from across the world to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Her concert appearances have included Tokyo Jazz Festival, Sapporo City Jazz Festival, Jazz Week Osaka 2010 (with Michel Camilo Trio), Nagoya Jazz Festival (with Yosuke Yamashita), Kitara Hall (with Sapporo Symphony Orchestra) and more. She has been fortunate to work with such musicians as Sadao Watanabe, Terumasa Hino, Eddie Gomez, Jimmy Cobb, and Anthony Jackson.

A native of Hiroshima, Japan, Takeshi Ohbayashi began playing piano at the age of two. Many years later, in 2007, after applying to and receiving a scholarship from Berklee College of Music, Mr. Ohbayashi began his studies in the U.S.

While in school, Mr. Ohbayashi was selected to be a part of the initial class of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, led by Danilo Perez. During his time in Global Jazz, Mr. Ohbayashi studied, performed, and taught clinics all around the globe with world class musicians. Having graduated from Berklee in 2011, he currently resides in New York and leads his own group, as well as touring as a sideman around the world.

Zach Brown, a 21?year?old bassist from the Washington, D.C. area, has performed with artists such as Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Wycliffe Gordon, Sachal Vasandani, Benny Green, Terell Stafford, the New York Voices and many others. Mr. Brown has performed in international festivals, including Jazz Kaar in Estonia, Kaunas Jazz in Lithuania, Panama Jazz Festival, Festival Cultural in Zacatecas, Mexico, Clifford Brown Jazz Fest, Telluride Jazz Festival, and the Detroit Jazz Fest, as well as venues including the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, Regattabar, Yoshi’s Jazz Club, and Dizzy’s Club Coca?Cola. Mr. Brown currently attends Berklee College of Music and is a part of their Global Jazz Institute, under the direction of Danilo Perez.

Roberto Giaquinto started out playing drums in a music school in Naples (Italy) where he also had his first experiences in the music scene, being a member of different jazz, blues and rock bands. He later moved to Rome, and enrolled at Conservatorio Licinio Refice, taking a degree in jazz arranging.

In Rome he performed with many musicians from all over the world, in the city clubs and in several major festivals in Italy and in Europe, including Casa del Jazz, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Villa Celimontana, Actual Festival etc.) He also received different scholarships -- Elvin Jones Zildjian Award, and Nuoro Jazz from Paolo Fresu -- and has won national competitions, including the St. Louis Jazz Contest, Baronissi Jazz, Piacenza Jazz, and Ronciglione Jazz.

Mr. Giaquinto is currently part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, under Artistic Director Danilo Perez. He has performed at the Detroit Jazz Festival, Beantown Jazz Festival, Kimmel Center, Panama Jazz Festival, JEN New Orleans, Boston Music Awards, and the Regattabar, with musicians like Joe Lovano, and John Patitucci, to name a few. He is a member of the bands of pianist Christian Li and guitarist Mike Bono.

Watch Past Performances

Video 6/3/2012: The Erena Terakubo Quartet

Students at Berklee College of Music, the members of the quartet are saxophonist Erena Terakubo, pianist Takeshi Ohbayashi, bassist Zach Brown, and drummer Roberto Giaquinto. Part of the DC Jazz Festival.

The Erena Terakubo Quartet