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  • Kasey Knudsen (2017)

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    Saxophonist, composer and educator Kasey Knudsen is a 2002 graduate of the Berklee College of Music. Since returning to the Bay Area, she's been part of exciting and creative groups, among them Ben Goldberg, Fred Frith, Erik Jekabson, The Montclair Women's Big Band, Terrence Brewer, and Lisa Mezzacappa.

    Kasey has toured the world with Tune-Yards, including a number of performances at South By South West. She's done festivals in Germany and Canada, and has performed at innumerable venues in New York City and here in the Bay Area. Among the places she's taught are the California Jazz Conservatory and the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

    Kasey is among not only contemporary figures. As recently as December 2016, Alexa Peters of Paste Magazine listed her as one of "Ten Women Instrumentalists Who Redefine Jazz", together with the likes of Mary Lou Williams, Melba Liston, Vi Redd and Alice Coltrane.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Charlie Parker Bird in Time 1940-1947 Cherokee ESP-Disk
    # 2 Wynton Marsalis Live at the House of Tribes Green Chimneys Blue Note
    # 3 Paul Simon Greatest Hits, Etc. Slip-Slidin' Away Columbia
    # 4 Charlie Haden Etudes Lonely Woman Soul Note
    # 5 James Blake James Blake I Never Learnt to Share Polydor
    # 6 Aretha Franklin Live at Fillmore West Bridge over Troubled Water Rhino
    Book David Sedaris, "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls"
    Luxury Item "My 1100W Ninja blender"
    Castaways by date
    George Cotsirilos
    09 Feb
    Ed Klitsch
    05 Jan