Asaoka started playing saxophone at the age of 12 and studied under Kimitaka Hirano at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music. In addition to the classical music that he has been playing since childhood, he is also greatly influenced by artists such as Tower of Power and Incognito. In January 2015, his first single, “Smiler”, was streamed worldwide and reached No. 1 on the iTunes Jazz charts. That same year, he also released his first CD “Showtime”. In 2018, he formed Shu Asaoka & the Jack Band, which has become renowned for its groovy live performances. Asaoka’s lively saxophone style has captured the hearts of listeners throughout Japan for his soulful melodies. See the band’s YouTube channel for more information.