Kayo Yoshida was born in Japan and started taking piano lessons at age three. After studying classical music at the University of Music in Japan, she decided to move to the United States to continue her studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. She graduated in Jazz Piano with a Performance Major, while also studying jazz composition, arranging and contemporary music. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles to explore her musical career. Kayo has been performing in festivals, concerts, hotels and Jazz clubs in the US for over 10 years. Since November 2015 she has been a lecturer at the School of Music / Edna Manley Collage of the Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica.
Alvis Reid, born in Kingston, Jamaica to a family of very talented self taught musicians. He took an interest in music at a very tender age, but it was not until the age of fourteen that he discovered his true passion, the electric bass. In 2003 Alvis was accepted in the Edna Manly College of the Visual and Performing Arts where he became the bass player of the “Wide Grin Jazz Quartet”. In 2012 he graduated from the Vienna Music Institute with Excellence. Since then, he has toured Europe with various bands and taught at workshops in Europe and Egypt. Alvis still resides in Austria where he continues collaborate with a variety of great musicians from across the globe.
The drummer and founding member of the Wide Grin Jazz Quartet Jeremy Ashbourne, is a graduate of the School of Music in Kingston and the Vienna Music Institute. During his stay in Austria he and his bass player friend Alvis Reid were touring Europe with the Hip-Hop Reggae Group ‘La Cherga’. Jeremy is presently a lecturer for Music Technology at the Edna Manley College and also writes and produces music for film and advertising.