Shin Sakaino

Professional Acoustic and Electric Bassist / Composer / Educator

Shin Sakaino is a young extraordinary Bassist, Educator and Composer who has already made a big name for himself on the East Coast and in Japan. He is a markedly versatile musician, performing with equal aplomb on both acoustic and electric bass and in various styles, including Jazz, Afro, Latin, Brazilian, R&B, Hip Hop and Funk. As an educator and composer, he has a rich wealth of knowledge in music theory as well as the creativity to break barriers.

In 2007, Shin Sakaino received a scholarship from the prestigious Berklee College of Music and moved to Boston USA to study Jazz, Contemporary music and World music. There he met and collaborated with many influential professors and highly acclaimed musicians such as Matthew Garrison, Oscar Stagnaro, Kenwood Dennard, Dennis Montgomery, among others. He studied music theory with Dave Santoro and improvisation from Hal Crook, who is famous for writing the book “How To Improvise". Mr. Sakaino received the “Berklee Outstanding Award" in 2010.

In September 2010, he joined the Global Jazz Institute for a one year program, directed by Grammy Award winning musician, Danilo Perez, with a full scholarship. At the Institute, he studied with greats such as John Patitucci, Ben Street, Joe Lovano and David Liebman. For the Institute’s first anniversary concert, as a member of the Global Jazz Institute Orchestra, he shared the stage alongside Grammy Award winning musicians Wayne Shorter, Danilo Perez, David Gilmore, John Patitucci and Terry Lyn Carrington.

Mr. Sakaino has shared the stage with many jazz luminaries, including Mccoy Tyner, Jimmy Cobb and Benny Golson. He has performed with top level musicians such as Darren Barret, Ralph Peterson Jr, Myron Walden, Antonio Sanchez, Stefon Harris, Steve Smith, Carlos Garret, Maria Schneider, Greg Hopkins, Donald Harrison, Grace Kelly, George Garzone, Clarice Assad, Tommy Campbell and Steve Gadd.

Mr. Sakaino has performed world-wide at internationally renowned festivals such as the Montreal Jazz festival ’08 (Canada), Nicaragua Jazz Festival ’08 (Nicaragua), Panama Jazz Festival ’09 and ’11(Panama), St. Petersburg Summertime Festival ’09 (Russia), Bean Town Jazz Festival ’10(Boston), Anjo Jazz Festival ’10 (Japan), Black Sea Jazz Festival ’11 and ’12 (Georgia), Jazz Education Network Conference ’11(New Orleans), Toronto Jazz Festival’11(Canada), Savannah Music Festival’15(Georgia) as well as at countless famous venues, including Wally’s Jazz Café (Boston), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Hynes Convention Center (Boston), Reggata Bar (Boston), Scullers (Boston) Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York, Doha), the Kennedy Center (Washington DC) and Matsumoto Performing Arts Center (Japan) among many others.

As an educator, he has run educational clinics and master classes world-wide including at Senzoku University (Yokohama), Koyo Music Conservatory ( Osaka, Nagoya), Trads Fan School of Music (Tokyo), to name a few. He believes in giving back to the community by working with children, teaching music and performing gratuitously for organizations such as Children’s Hospital (Boston), Susan Bailey Assisted Living (Boston) and Bridgewater State Hospital (Brigewater). These activities show his general commitment to his field and his tireless involvement for the benefit of its advancement.