Dan Kaneyuki

Saxophonist/Composer/Arranger/Educator

Dan's Biography


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Dan Kaneyuki is a Los Angeles based saxophonist, composer and recording artist.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music located at California State University Long Beach.  The 2012 and 2013 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award winner recently finished touring the world with legendary recording artist Engelbert Humperdinck.  Dan’s improvisational talents have also led him to play at jazz festivals all over the world including the Monterey jazz festival and the Java Jazz festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. In addition to being a sideman, Dan also leads his own quintet, playing his original compositions around the Los Angeles area.  His compositions are a unique blend of jazz, R&B, and rock which creates an intellectual music that is also very accessible to the audience. His live performance credits include Diane Schuur, Bobby Caldwell, David Foster, Emin, Nile Rodgers, Stone Sour, Roberta Gambarini, Peter Erskine,  Gregory Porter, Roy McCurdy, Jason Alexander, Gerald Wilson, Renee Olstead, Laura Fygi, VJ Rosales of the Filharmonic, Poncho Sanchez, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Barbara Morrison, Roy Gaines, Guitar Shorty, Haley Reinhart, James Moody, Tom Kubis, Bastille, Matthew Morrison of Glee, The New York Voices, The 10,000 Maniacs, the Manhattan Transfer and  Earl Klugh.  Dan has also been on Television shows including The Ellen Show, Home & Family,  Good Day LA  and The Dante Night Show.  He has performed at many  prestigious concert halls and venues around the world including the Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Walt Disney Concert Hall.  He also appears regularly with many Southern California based bands including  Melissa Morgan, The Elliot Deutsch Big Band,  Pretzel Logic, Frank Stallone, The No Vaccancy Orchestra,  The Tim Gill All-Stars, and Mike Barone Big Band.   Dan is also a co-leader of The Sunset Horns.  A new, versatile multi-instrumentalist horn section based in Los Angeles.  Check them out at SunsetHorns.com. Dan's endorsements include RS Berkeley and Andalucia Musical Instruments.

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