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Seattle, Washington, USA. Playing soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, Kashiwa studied at Berklee College Of Music, a period that was followed by a gig with the All American College Band at Disneyland in California. Having returned to the west coast, he decided to stay and extended his studies at the University of California, Long Beach. He played with the Untouchables, whose repertoire ranged through ska, reggae and R&B. He also played on three albums with guitarist Richard Smith, thus entering the field of smooth jazz of which he was to become a noted exponent. His worldwide exposure came as a result of a 10-year spell with the Rippingtons that began in 1989. Apart from several albums recorded with the Rippingtons, Kashiwa also played on saxophonist Russ Freemans Holiday, released in 1995, and he collaborated with Mark Portmann, Steve Reid, Dan Siegel and John Tesh on 1997s Sax All Night.
During this period Kashiwa formed his...