Jeff Kashiwa Announces New CD And Tour Dates

Contemporay jazz saxophonist to release new album, Play, on July 31

JeffKashiwa_live.jpgOn Tuesday, July 31, 2007, Jeff Kashiwa will release Play, a brand new CD featuring over a dozen great tracks. Play is Kashiwa�s fourth outing for the Native Language Music record label. Kashiwa is also out on the road and has announced a number of upcoming tour dates.

One of the most diverse sax players in all of contemporary jazz, Jeff Kashiwa is a Seattle native who established himself as a dynamic live saxophonist during his amazing decade-long tenure with The Rippingtons. Kashiwa used some of his down time from the group to lay the foundation for his solo career, which has included five previous albums and a #1 hit on the Radio & Records chart with �Hyde Park (The Aah, Ooh Song).�

At the emotional core of his new CD Play are the eight Kashiwa-produced tracks recorded live at Sounden Studios with his band Coastal Access. In addition to longtime members Allen Hinds (guitar), Melvin Davis (bass) and Dave Hooper (drums), the saxman brought in legendary Yellowjackets keyboardist Russell Ferrante to play sparkling acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes, along with famed percussionist Lenny Castro.

Coastal Access is the ensemble appearing on Play�s first single, the sizzling retro soul-flavored funk jam �Forever.� The fiery track is already getting a great response from NAC radio. Some of Play�s other songs include the exotic, reggae-tinged �Blue Jeans�; the sensuous �New View,� and a lush ballad, Fall.� The adventurous �Way Out West� features drum programming by Kashiwa�s Native Language labelmates Four80East). �The songs cover a lot of stylistic territory, from funky pop to more classic traditional jazz,� said Kashiwa. �They�re all part of my new definition of �play� - to be free, to engage in joyful activity. We just got in the studio and said, let�s play. Let�s really play!�

Kashiwa is looking forward to bringing that energy and freedom to his fans across the United States with his upcoming tour. For updates, visit

Date Venue City Appearing With
6/23/2007 City Of Southfield Civic Center Detroit The Sax Pack
6/24/2007 City Of Southfield Civic Center Detroit The Rippingtons Reunion Band
6/30/2007 Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center Redondo Beach Coastal Access
7/4/2007 Fourth of Jul-Ivar's Celebration Seattle Coastal Access
7/13/2007 House of Blues Dallas The Rippingtons Reunion Band
7/14/2007 One World Theater Austin The Rippingtons Reunion Band
8/1/2007 Spirit Cruise New York City The Rippingtons Reunion Band
8/2/2007 The Birchmere Alexandria The Rippingtons Reunion Band
8/3/2007 Summer Nights Series @ Penn's Landing Philadelphia Ken Navarro
8/4/2007 IMAC Theater Huntington The Rippingtons Reunion Band
8/12/2007 Long Beach Jazz Festival Long Beach The Sax Pack
8/16/2007 Scullers Boston The Rippingtons Reunion Band
8/17/2007 Scullers Boston The Rippingtons Reunion Band
8/18/2007 Scullers Boston The Rippingtons Reunion Band
8/24/2007 Chastain Park Atlanta The Rippingtons Reunion Band
8/25/2007 Icicle Ridge Winery Leavenworth The Northwest All Star Band
9/14/2007 Hyatt Newporter Newport Beach The Rippingtons Reunion Band
9/15/2007 Mablehouse-Barnes Amphitheater Mableton The Sax Pack
9/16/2007 Thorton Winery Temecula The Rippingtons Reunion Band
9/23/2007 Jazz'Salive! San Antonio The Rippingtons Reunion Band
9/28/2007 Lyman Center New Haven The Sax Pack
9/29/2007 IMAC Theater Huntington The Sax Pack
10/13/2007 San Bernadino County Fair Victorville The Rippingtons Reunion Band