The idea of The Sax Pack originated in 2004 with saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa after he saw a movie about the “Rat Pack,” a group of legendary entertainers led by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. Inspired by their showmanship and camaraderie, Kashiwa came up with the name The Sax Pack and called on some of his saxophone peers and started a new group that would feature the instrument, as well as their collective musical passion for jazz, funk and R&B. The Sax Pack has released three CDs, “The Sax Pack” (2008) and “The Pack is Back” (2009) and The Power Of 3 (2015) on Shanachie Records. The Sax Pack features Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Kim Waters. On occasion the group will feature special guests Jackiem Joyner and Marcus Anderson. Along with being cohesive musically, the trio share a unique and comical camaraderie on stage. Backed by a tight rhythm section, the talented trio combine their life-long love of music and their passion for performance, to make an impact on audiences that love music as much as they do. Committed to sharing the excitement, spontaneity and creative energy that flows between them on stage, The Sax Pack inspires an audience far beyond the duration of a show. The well-known saxophonists are excited to create a show that combines their individual styles and diverse backgrounds for a fresh approach to the music that inspired them all to become musicians: jazz. Highlights of the tour will feature original music written specifically for The Sax Pack , as well as each sax player’s signature hits and the classic funk, R&B and jazz tunes that will get fans out of their seats.
The Sax Pack's 3rd CD titled Power Of 3 was released in April 2015. It features Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, Kim Waters and Marcus Anderson. 10 funky jazz instrumental tunes for your to get your groove on!