Tyler Kaneshiro is a trumpeter, composer, and teacher who has performed in major venues throughout North America, Italy, Finland, Russia, and Estonia. Kaneshiro grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he first started playing the trumpet at the age of 9. When he was in middle school he met his first music mentor, Brian Switzer. Playing under the direction of Switzer inspired Kaneshiro to pursue jazz early in his music education. Kaneshiro immediately immersed himself in the art and has followed his passion ever since.
In the Fall of 2008, Kaneshiro was given the opportunity to pursue his dream of playing jazz in the heart of Greenwich Village at New York University. His studies were accelerated under the direction of Ralph Alessi, Laurie Frink, Stefon Harris, and Giovanni Falzone among others.
Kaneshiro has had the honor of sharing the stage and opening for such musicians as Bob Mintzer, Dave Pietro, Ralph Alessi, Brian Lynch, Marvin Stamm, Bill Mays, Ingrid Jensen, Roscoe Mitchell, CDZA, Macklemore, Snoop Dogg, Sinkane and has performed at several venues such as The Blue Note in New York, The Highline Ballroom in New York, The Jazz Gallery in New York, The Blue Note in Milan, The Jazz Showcase in Chicago, Mass MoCA, YouTube Brandcast in New York, Google Conference in Las Vegas, Catalina's Jazz Club in Los Angeles, SFJAZZ Center, San Jose Jazz Festival, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival among others.
Kaneshiro is excited to have been selected as a member of the Stanford Jazz Workshop's 2018-2019 Jazz Mentor Fellowship Program. He will be performing and educating with an elite group of young musicians.
Kaneshiro will be featured in Dr. Thomas R. Erdmann's upcoming book, How Jazz Trumpeters Play Music Today: Twelve Interviews on Technique, Style and Aesthetic. The book is a collection of interviews of trumpeters that reflect on the state of jazz and music in today's world.