is a smooth jazz
saxophonist native to Seattle
who made his start as a member of popular fusion jazz
group The Rippingtons
Kashiwa moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music
, where he developed an interest in straight-ahead jazz. Kashiwa found he liked Southern California
and transferred to Cal State Long Beach
to work on his Bachelors Degree in Music. In 1989, Kashiwa joined The Rippingtons when the band's original saxophonist, Brandon Fields
, left the group. Kashiwa recorded his first two solo albums while a member of the Rippingtons, but eventually left the group in 1999 to concentrate on a solo career with his own band, Coastal Access. Although Eric Marienthal
took over as sax player for the Rippingtons, Kashiwa still played with the Rippingtons in 2007 for their 20th Anniversary Tour, as well as with The Sax Pack (Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole
, Kim Waters).
Kashiwa plays mostly tenor saxophone; he uses the tenor on all 14 tracks of the album Play
. He also plays soprano saxophone, alto saxophone and the EWI
- Remember Catalina (1995)
- Walk a Mile (1997)
- Another Door Opens......