Erena Terakubo Quartet
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC, 20566
Erena Terakubo, an alto saxophonist from Sapporo, Japan, is a Berklee Presidential Scholar and has already recorded two CDs with jazz masters Ron Carter and Kenny Barron for Japan's King Records.
Terakubo began playing the alto saxophone at age 9. She immediately began performing with the Sapporo Junior Jazz Orchestra and taking part in clinics with famous jazz musicians, such as Herbie Hancock. At 15 and 16, Terakubo attended the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program, where she was awarded a full-tuition scholarship and selected to be a member of the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop. In 2010, she recorded her first album, which reached no. 1 on several Japanese jazz charts. Since then, she has performed at the Tokyo Jazz Festival, Sapporo City Jazz Festival, Jazz Week Osaka 2010, Nagoya Jazz Festival, Kitara Hall, and more. In 2011, she recorded a second album, New York Attitude, with jazz masters Ron Carter and Kenny Barron.