Jazz Saxophonist Kasey Knudsen to Debut in Mel Graves Scholarship Concert, Nov. 3

knudsen.pngThe third annual Mel Graves Jazz Scholarship concert takes place at Sonoma State University's Warren Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m.

A major fund-raiser for the SSU jazz studies program, the event, subtitled The Knife's Blade, features the faculty jazz ensemble led by program director Doug Leibinger.

Making her SSU debut on alto sax is San Francisco-based saxophonist, composer and educator Kasey Knudsen. Knudsen is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and was recently hired to teach jazz sax at SSU and act as a clinician in the jazz forum.

She performs around the Bay area with the KK Sextet/Septet, the Holly Martins and the Permanent Wave Ensemble.


The concert will be co-directed by Leibinger and percussionist George Marsh.


Other band members include Randy Vincent, guitar, Cliff Hugo, bass and Will Johnson, prepared piano. Among the pieces on the program will be the premiere of Leibinger's "Subtyranny."


There is a suggested donation of $15.

For more information, email Ruth E. Wilson or call at 707-664-3483.

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