The world knows Seattle native Jeff Kashiwa as the Rippingtons’ saxophonist. He’s been a major voice in the Grammy-winning contemporary jazz band for decades before branching out on his own in 1999 as a solo artist, a part of a trio of sax friends (The Sax Pack’s Kim Waters and Steve Cole), and a member of a bunch of sidemen in the Coastal Access Band.
Last year, Kashiwa released “Let It Ride,” which continues his journey as one of the world’s jazz statesmen in suave, sexy, succulent notes. The personnel on this 2012 record is a who’s who in contemporary jazz: David Benoit, Chuck Loeb, The Rippingtons’ Russ Freeman, and Spyro Gyra’s Tom Schuman. The proof is on the charts. “Let It Ride” easily reached the top four on Amazon.com’s Smooth Jazz Best Sellers.
When he’s not onstage and in the recording studios, Kashiwa devotes his time to jazz education at Shoreline Community College as a faculty member.
Jeff Kashiwa and Coastal Access are doing two shows (7:30 p.m.) at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, with an all-Washington band — bassist Douglas Barnett, keyboardist Edward K. Weber, guitarist Michael Eads, and drummer Mark Arrington.
Expect to enjoy an entire collection “of songs from past, present, and future CDs,” Kashiwa said. “I may also feature a few vocalists from the Funk & Groove Ensemble at Shoreline Community College where I teach.”