The sunset horns are comprised of three of the brightest young stars in the Los Angeles Freelance music scene. Their unique abilities to play many different styles of music, has made them invaluable as individuals. Now, the multi-instrumentalists have come together as a group in order to lend their talents to the public on a more global scale. With their collective decades of experience, they have toured, recorded, and performed with some the biggest acts in music. Their commitment to excellence and high professionalism ensures that whatever projects they endeavor to lend their talents to will always be of the highest caliber and quality.
Dan Kaneyuki is a Los Angeles based saxophonist, composer and recording artist. He received his bachelor’s degree in music performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music located at California State University Long Beach. The 2012 and 2013 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award winner currently tours the world with legendary recording artist Engelbert Humperdinck. Dan’s improvisational talents have also led him to play at jazz festivals all over the world including the Monterey jazz festival and the Java Jazz festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. In addition to being a sideman, Dan also leads his own quintet, playing his original compositions around the Los Angeles area. His compositions are a unique blend of jazz, R&B, and rock which creates an intellectual music that is also very accessible to the audience. His live performance credits include Diane Schuur, Bobby Caldwell, Gregory Porter, Roy McCurdy, Jason Alexander, Gerald Wilson, Renee Olstead, Laura Fygi, VJ Rosales of the Filharmonic, Poncho Sanchez, Jim Snidero, James Moody, Tom Kubis, Matthew Morrison of Glee, The New York Voices, The 10,000 Maniacs Cheryl Bentyne and Janis Segal of the Manhattan Transfer and Grammy-award winning Earl Klugh at the Hollywood Bowl and the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. He also appears regularly with many Southern California based bands including the The Elliot Deutsch Big Band, The No Vaccancy Orchestra, Filipino American Symphony Orchestra, Budman/Levy Orchestra and Mike Barone Big Band. Check out his entire profile at DanKaneyuki.com
Ryan Dragon was born in Orange County, California in 1987, Dragon's first exposure to the world of the art's came through his parents, Art and Arlene. Dragon began studying trombone at the age of 10 under the leadership of Bill Tole, Ira Nepus, Joey Sellers, Alex Isles, and Andy Martin. After finishing Esperanza High School, Dragon attended The Berklee School Of Music where he studied jazz composition. Dragon's first engagement was a Cirque Du Soleil show called Bananna Schpeel, a traveling show in Canada. After cirque, Dragon spent a short stint in New York, where he freelanced before finally moving to Los Angeles where he currently lives. In Los Angeles, Dragon has played/recorded with Herbie Hancock, John Legend, Gordon Goodwins Big Phat Band, John Beasley's MONK'estra, John Tesh, The StradBand, Kim Richmonds Concert Jazz Orchestra, John La Barbera's Big Band, Joey Sellers Jazz Aggregation, Danny Seraphine's C.T.A, Lee Ritenhour, The BIll Cunliffe Big Band, Bill Holman and Mark Masters Ensemble. Dragon also leads his own group, Kid Songs, and is a co-leader of The Sunset Horns. check out his entire profile at RyanDragon.com.
Jonathan’s unique ability to accurately play many different styles of music has afforded him the opportunities to play, record, and tour with some of the worlds biggest acts including Cee lo Green, Prince, Queen Latifa, Enrique Iglesias, Michael Buble, The Wu Tang Clan, Ruben Blades, Jose Feliciano, Bjork, Manhattan Transfer, The New York Voices, Chick Corea, Solomon Burke, The Black Eyed Peas, Dionne Warwick, Will.I.Am, and Marc Anthony just to name a few. Jonathan has also recorded on TV shows including Agent Carter, The Voice, Jimmy Kimmel, The X Factor, The Simpsons, The Talk, several PBS specials and the movie Dream Girls. As an alumnus of the prestigious Henry Mancini institute Jonathan also has performed with such artists as Quincy Jones, Dave Koz, Bobby McFerrin, Patrick Williams, Allen Silvestri, Michael Giaccino, Alf Clausen, Doc Severinsen, Christian McBride, Ray Barretto Maria Schneider, Allen Vizzutti, Johnny Mandel, Bill Cunliffe, Vince Mendoza, and Abe Laboriel. He has also toured with musical groups all over Europe, Japan, China, Taiwan, South America, most of North America, and even Indonesia. Jonathan credits much of his versatility and ability to his varied education and the unique variety of world-renowned trumpet players he has had the opportunity of studying under. Following High School, where he was afforded the opportunity to study trumpet under seven-time Grammy Award-winning trumpet player and arranger Jerry Hey, Jonathan left to study with Los Angeles studio trumpet player Charley Davis at California State University Long Beach where he completed is Bachelors Degree in Trumpet performance, having also studied under Christopher Still and Robert Frear. He then went on to receive a master’s degree from UCLA in classical performance under the tutelage of the great trumpet soloist Jens Lindemann.