Bassist Kanoa Mendenhall was born in Yokohama, Japan. Raised by two pianists in Monterey, California, she started playing jazz cello at age 10 and upright bass at age 12.
A regular participant of Monterey Jazz Festival’s summer camp, at a young age she was fortunate to learn from masters such as Bruce Forman, Vince Lateano, Scott Steed, and Peck Allmond. By age 13, she was regularly performing in the Monterey and San Francisco Bay areas. Now 20, Kanoa resides in NYC, where she studies East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, and has participated in the Columbia-Juilliard exchange program