A Litte Bit About Me...

Kasey Knudsen is a San Francisco based saxophonist, composer & educator. She earned her BA in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music in 2002. Knudsen has been commissioned by the Jazzschool's Emerging Artist Series to write and perform new work as well as Intersection For The Arts and the De Young Museum. She leads her own trio and sextet and co leads The Schimscheimer Family Trio along with bay area drummer Jon Arkin & pianist Michael Coleman as well as The Holly Martins with vocalist Lorin Benedict and guitarist Eric Vogler. 

Knudsen can be seen performing with a number of ensembles and bandleaders including Ben Goldberg, Klaxon Mutant All Stars, the Ian Carey sextet, The Montclair Women's Big Band, Nathan Clevenger, Aaron Novik, Erik Jekabson, Circus Bella's All Star Band, the Klipptones, and many more. Knudsen has toured the world with Tune-Yards including a number of performances at South By South West; she has played with Fred Frith's world premiere of Gravity Live, the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Chris Cohen, Joe Bagale, Charlie Hunter, Rova Saxophone Quartet, & many others. Knudsen has performed at Yoshi's, The Palace of Fine Arts, The Great American Music Hall, Cafe Du Nord, The Independent, The Fillmore, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Red Poppy Art House, Intersection for the Arts, Kuumbwa, The California Jazz Conservatory, the Monterey Jazz Festival, SFJazz Fest, San Jose Jazz Fest, North Beach Jazz Fest, the Moer's Festival in Moers Germany and the Saalfalden International Jazz Festival in Austria. She has appeared at New York venues Local 269, Barbes, The Music Hall of Williamsburg, Roulette and Cafe Vivaldi. Knudsen is currently a faculty member of Sonoma State University, The Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Lafayette Jazz Workshop, the Monterey Jazz Festival and the California Jazz Conservatory.