Kanoa Mendenhall

Bass – Jazz Camp Week 2, Jazz Camp Package

Bassist Kanoa Mendenhall was born in Yokohama, Japan and raised in Monterey, California. Raised by two pianists, she started playing jazz cello at age 10 and upright bass at age 12. By age 13, she was regularly performing in the Monterey and San Francisco Bay areas. Now 19, Kanoa resides in NYC, where she studies East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, and has participated in the Columbia-Juilliard exchange program. In addition, she has a regular jazz show on the university’s radio station WKCR. Kanoa has performed with musicians such as Cecil McBee, Scott Robinson, Ron Carter, Bruce Forman, Vince Lateano, Antonio Hart, Darrell Green, and has recorded with Tom Pierson, Lew Soloff, and Pheeroan akLaff. She has studied with Rufus Reid, Ben Wolfe, and Ugonna Okegwo.

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