Mikailo Kasha is a jazz bassist, composer, and “in the top 1% of bassists worldwide”, as stated by Scotty Barnhart of the Count Basie Orchestra. Arising from the renowned jazz scene in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mikailo is an alumnus of the SF High School All-stars, San Jose Jazz, and Stanford Institute. He holds a Bachelor’s in Music from Florida State University, where he studied under bassist Rodney Jordan and pianist Marcus Roberts.
Mikailo has been invited to attend programs worldwide, including Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute for Jazz in Chicago, Jazz Aspen’s JAS Academy in Colorado, the Siena Jazz Workshop in Italy, and the Generations Workshop in Switzerland.
In 2022, Mikailo graduated from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami with a Master’s of Music in Jazz Performance. While at Frost, he won the “Jazz Soloist” category in the graduate division of the Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards, and his trio received an award for “Outstanding Performance”.
Mikailo actively performs and tours around the U.S., and is currently on faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.