Yasushi was born in Tokyo, Japan, and grew up in Seattle, WA. In Seattle, he studied with Chuck Deardorf, Doug Miller, and Michael Stearns. He has recently received the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Award and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. His jazz collaborators include Carl Allen, Darren Barrett, David Berger, Victor Goines, Jon Hendricks, Eddie Henderson, John Pizzareli, Wynton Marsalis, Myron Walden, and Phil Wilson, at the most well-known New York City jazz venues. Yasushi studied at the Berklee College of Music and The Juilliard School.