"When Craig comes into the studio I already know the bottom of the mix is going to kill.  His feeling and musicianship are unmatched in my book"


Jon Castelli, The Hit Lab

Los Angeles



Craig Akin is an in-demand upright and electric bassist in New York City.  He has played and recorded with countless musicians of many different styles.  From jazz to pop, and folk to rock, Craig is comfortable and creative, and can deliver the goods like any veteran on his instrument.  He has performed well over 4,000 gigs and has now added home recording to his arsenal.  


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July 2015

Last month one of my highlights was playing electric bass at the Joshua Kwassman Brother Spirit CD release party at SubCulture in NYC. This modern instrumental ensemble with great young musicians and the incredible writing of Josh had a great time and was our best show to date. Also last month was an excellent tour with Roosevelt Dime. We started the shows in Buffalo before heading into Canada for three shows around Toronto plus a couple video shoots to be released sometime this summer. After we got back to NY we went right into the studio to begin recording the new EP.  All I can say now is so far so good. 

This month Roosevelt Dime will be working hard on the band mission and message. And this will ideally translate in the new band photos and video taking place soon. Lots of exciting things happening in preparation for next years booking season. Also this month we will be playing a few shows around Vermont including Nectar’s in Burlington, Rusty Nail in Stowe, and the Gypsy Joynt in Great Barrington.  We then head to OH and PA for a few shows before heading to the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in NY. 

Next month we’ll have shows in CT, ME, NY, PA, and WV. Please check out our tour schedule for more information and spread the good word! 

My sister-in-law Sarah Gardner just released her second jazz for kids cd. It's called Jazz for Lil Jumpers and available here. Also check out this cute lil animated video about raining cats and dogs

Thanks!    Craig

June 2015

Last month I had a great time on the road with Roosevelt Dime. We played many great shows in NY, MA, PA, VA, CO, MO, and IN.  My favorites were the MeadowGrass Festival in Black Forest, CO and the John Hartford Memorial Festival in Bean Blossom, Indiana.  There we connected with so many new fans, friends, and bands. 

Last month Roosevelt Dime also released a live video that was recorded at Folk Alliance in Kansas City this past winter. It was recorded for the Ontario based online video series called Pinball Sessions and can be seen here. This was primarily to promote our Canada tour the end of this month. 

Last month I also enjoyed a cd release concert at Dazzle Jazz Club in Denver with Joshua Kwassman and Brother Spirit. I play electric bass in this progressive instrumental ensemble. The cd is available everywhere including here

Speaking of Brother Spirit, this month I look forward to playing the Vermont jazz festival with this group, as well as a cd release concert in NYC at SubCulture on June 16. Click here for more details. 

Also this month Roosevelt Dime will be heading to Canada with stops in Buffalo, Orillia, Peterborough, and Toronto. So if you know anyone in Ontario please send them our way. Details can be seen at www.rooseveltdimemusic.com/tour

Next month Roosevelt Dime has a lot of irons in the fire so more about that soon. 

Good times ahead,