The Great Migration Centennial Tribute to the Musicians of Captain Walter H. Dyett
Kay McCrimon. All Rights Reserved.
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Born into a musical family, Aki Antonia began playing piano at age 3….she began her studies with her father, Paul Smith, a jazz pianist. Art Tatum would come to her grandfather's house to jam with her father, so she grew up listening to ALL kinds of music....and she studied at Chicago’s American Conservatory with pianist, Willie Pickens. Her musical gigs and musical adventures have taken her from Chicago to Africa, Japan, Mexico and other global points. She is a composer, songwriter and bandleader - with her band, Akiboards, as well as freelancing and touring with many other performers and groups.
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