Yuto Kanazawa is a NY based Japanese jazz guitarist and composer. He leads several contemporary jazz projects, also he works with a lot of singers including Grammy winner Kurt Elling.

After Yuto’s family moving to Fukushima, he started playing guitar when he was 14 years old and he was performing with local rock bands throughout high school years. Yuto attended Koyo Conservatory Kobe and started playing jazz gigs. He moved to US in 2007 and later he graduated from Berklee College of Music.

In 2013, he released first album Earthwards from Interrobang Records and moved to NY. Yuto was a winner in jazz category of International Songwriting Competition that year, also he formed The United East Jazz Quintet (UEJQ) with Korean and Japanese musicians and toured both countries. UEJQ released album in 2014 and toured again. In 2015, Yuto formed another project in Japan called itellu and released album featuring a singer Ai Ichikawa. Yuto toured Japan three times that year while living in NY. He also started performing regularly with his band at Bar Next Door.

In 2016, he started playing with jazz pianist Kuni Mikami, a former member of Lionel Hampton. Yuto performed at Teatro Ocampo in Cuernavaca Mexico and Guatemala Jazz Festival with Kuni Mikami trio also taught seminars. In NY, Yuto worked with a Japanese singer Miyoko Sparrow and formed Song Sparrow performing Japanese folk songs in experimental jazz format. Yuto also started playing Brazilian 7string guitar and performed with Brazilian music singer Hiromi Suda at Bluenote NY with Petros Klampanis, Julian Shore and Rogério Boccato.

In 2017, Yuto produced duo album Utopia working with Yuto Mitomi and toured Japan featuring a bassist Zach Westfall and a drummer Hironori Suzuki. Also he was playing with funk band Days of Wild every Thursday after midnight at Red Lion in Greenwich Village, and performed with Gregg Errico and Jerry Martini from Sly and Family Stone at BB King Blues Club. In May 2017, Days of Wild performed with Randy Jackson from Zebra at Montauk Music Festival. Yuto also started working regularly with many jazz singers including Rina Komai, Yuto joined her album played with Lonnie Plaxico and Lafayette Harris.


1986年東京都出身。甲陽音楽学院、バークリー音楽大学で学ぶ。2013年ファーストアルバムEarthwards発表時、 国際作曲コンペティションジャズ部門一位を受賞する。その後日韓合同バンドThe United East Jazz Quintetを結成しアルバムを発表、日本と韓国を定期的にツアーする。自身の作曲にジャズとクラシックの影響が強いことからサードストリームの流れを組んだスタイルの作品を多く発表している。

2015年にはシンガー市川愛とのバンドitelluのアルバムをApollo Soundsより発表し、英詞の自作曲がジョンレノン作曲コンテストでファイナリストに選出される。ニューヨークではバーネクストドアで自己リーダーバンドを率いる他、日本民謡をモダン〜フリージャズのスタイルで演奏するSong Sparrowでも活動。コスタリカ出身の若手ギタリスト、ディエゴディアスとの即興アルバムMeditations、サックス三富悠斗とのプロジェクトUtopiaのアルバムもプロデュース、同バンドの日本ツアーではユッコミラーと共演。

これまでグラミー賞常連シンガーのカートエリング他、ロニープラキシコ、ラファエットハリスジュニア、ダンペイト、フィルウィルソン、ロンマクルーアーなどベテランミュージシャン達と共演を重ねる。クニ三上トリオでレギュラーメンバーとして活動し、メキシコ、グアテマラのツアーに参加。またニューヨークで20年以上活動するファンクバンドDays of Wildのセカンドギタリストとして、スライアンドファミリーストーンのジェリー・マルティーニ、グレッグ・エリコなどをはじめとした多くのファンクRnBレジェンド達とも共演している。