Kei Akagi

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Kei Akagi
Born (1953-03-16) March 16, 1953 (age 63)
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion
Instruments Piano
Associated acts Airto Moreira/Flora Purim, Miles Davis

Kei Akagi (ケイ 赤城/赤城 恵 Akagi Kei?, born March 16, 1953)[1] is a Japanese American jazz pianist. In particular, he is known for his work with the Airto Moreira/Flora Purim group and in Miles Davis's band in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

He was born in Japan, but lived in Cleveland, Ohio, for part of his childhood, until he moved back to Japan at the age of 12. He later returned to the United States at 22. He is associated with the Californian jazz scene at present. He is the Chancellor Professor of Music at the University of California, Irvine.


As leader[edit]

  • Symphonic Fusion "THE EARTH" (Nippon Columbia, 1983)
  • Playroom (Moo/Mesa Bluemoon, 1992)
  • Mirror Puzzle (Audioquest, 1994) with Charles Fambrough, Willie Jones III & Rick Margitza [2]
  • New Smiles and Traveled Miles (Media Ring, 1998)
  • Viewpoint (Video Arts, 2000)
  • Palette (Video Arts, 2001)
  • A Hint of You (Video Arts, 2003)
  • Grand New Touch (Video Arts, 2003) with Fumio Karashima
  • Modern Ivory (Video Arts, 2004)
  • Viewpoint (Video Arts, 2005)
  • Live-Shapes in Sound (Video Arts, 2006)
  • Liquid Blue (Video Arts, 2007)

As sideman[edit]

With Miles Davis

With Frank Gambale


  1. ^ Gilbert, Mark (2002). "Akagi, Kei". In Barry Kernfeld. The new Grove dictionary of jazz, vol. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 21. ISBN 1561592846. 
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