Kasey Knudsen is a San Francisco based saxophonist, composer & educator. She earned her BA in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music in 2001. Since relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, 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 Evan Francis, Ben Goldberg, Fred Frith, Eric Garland and Henry Hung’s Klaxon Mutant All Stars, the Ian Carey sextet, The Montclair Women’s Big Band, Graham Connah, Adam Shulman, Nathan Clevenger, Aaron Novik, Michael Coleman, the Bay Area Composer’s Collective Orchestra, New York pianist Jarrett Cherner, guitarist Q Morrow, Rob Ewing’s Disappear Incompletely and 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 Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Realistic Orchestra, Scott Amendola, The Slip, Joe Bagale, The Industrial Jazz Group, Brass Bows & Beats, Rova Saxophone Quartet’s Sax Cloud, & many others. Knudsen has performed at Yoshi’s, Pearl’s, SF Jazz Center, 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 Jazzschool, SFJazz Fest, San Jose Jazz Fest, North Beach Jazz Fest, Saalfalden Jazz Festival in Austria, Moers Festival in Germany, Victoriaville Festival in Quebec, BC, and New York venues The Stone, Local 269, Barbes, Ibeam, The Music Hall of Williamsburg, Roulette, Greenwich Music School and Cafe Vivaldi.
Knudsen is currently a faculty member of Sonoma State University, The Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Lafayette Jazz Workshop and the Jazzschool in Berkeley, CA.