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, Eric Garland and Henry Hung's Klaxon Mutant All Stars, the Ian Carey sextet, The Montclair Women's Big Band, Jaz Sawyer, Graham Connah's No-Porkestra, 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, The Slip, Joe Bagale, The Industrial Jazz Group, Brass Bows & Beats, Terrence Brewer, Rova Saxophone Quartet's Sax Cloud, & many others. Knudsen has performed at Yoshi's, Pearl's, The Palace of Fine Arts, The Great American Music Hall, Cafe Du Nord, Anna's Jazz Island, 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 and 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 and the Jazzschool in Berkeley, CA.