Ali Emre Kayhan started his musical training at the age of 7 with mandolin and switched to playing guitar at 9. In 1984, he started to play trombone at the Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory in Istanbul, Turkey. He studied with Kiya Polat, Aycan Teztel and Sezai Tarakci. He completed his high school degree in 1990. Then moved to London, UK, and studied at the Royal College of Music with Prof. Arthur Wilson. In 1993, Prof. Paul Schreckenberger invited Emre as a guest student to study with him for six months at the Hochshule für Musik Mannheim in Germany. In 1997, Emre received his Bachelors diploma in classical trombone from the Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory in Istanbul, Turkey.
He received a Master in Music scholarship from the North Texas University and studied one term with Dr. Vern Kagarice in 1999. He decided to continue his Masters in Jazz Studies and received another scholarship from the Trinity College of Music in London, where he studied with Mark Bassey. He also received his Post Graduate Jazz Trombone Diploma in 2001.
Emre joined the European Broadcast Union Jazz Orchestra in Stockholm in 1998 and in Budapest in 2001. He played with Turkish pianist Kerem Görsev at the Istanbul International Jazz Festival in 1996, 1997 and 1998. In 1996, he joined trombonist Steve Turre's workshop and had a chance to play with him in Istanbul. In 2002, he formed a four trombones and rhythm section group called 4-Bones and played at the 10th Istanbul International Jazz Festival.
Emre continues to play with his two trombones and rhythm section group called Funkbones. He plays standards and his original compositions with his quartet and quintet under his name.
Emre has been a member of the Turkish Radio Big Band in Istanbul since 1995 and he is the solo trombonist of the band since 2001.
In 1006, Emre produced a jazz radio programme at TRT (Turkish Radio of Istanbul, FM 88.2) Radio 3 called "Sadece Caz" on Tuesdays at 11 pm.