Our friend and endorser Taku recently performed on percussion at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, for the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, honoring Eddie Murphy. He was in the house band alongside Shawn Pelton (SNL) on drums and Hagar Ben Ari (The Late Late Show with James Corden) on bass, backing up guests including Dave Chappelle, Arsenio Hall, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Trevor Noah, Jay Pharoah, Joe Piscopo, Kathy Griffin, Kevin Nealon, and Chris Rock. Taku also performed with soul legend Sam Moore and Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes.
The show will air on PBS on Monday, November 23rd (9PM ET).
Taku will also be performing on percussion in the house band for “Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert” at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, December 5th. Taku will be in the rhythm section alongside my good friend Kenny Aronoff on drums and legendary producer/current president of Blue Note Records Don Was on bass. The tribute to John Lennon will feature artists including Aloe Blacc, Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton, Juanes, Willie Nelson, The Roots, and Steven Tyler. The show will be broadcast on AMC on Saturday, December 19th (9PM ET/PT).