Beginning Jazz Ensemble

2 Sections

Beginning Jazz Ensemble
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Ensembles
Day Mon
Instructor Kasey Knudsen
Status inperson event


Put theory into practice by learning jazz standards while developing improvisation and ensemble skills. For all instruments. Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic jazz theory and ability to keep time and read music.

Section 1: Mondays 6:30 – 8 pm

Section 2: Mondays 8:15 – 9:45 pm

1/9 – 3/20 (10 weeks) No class 1/16

Performance Date: 3/27

Kasey Knudsen (in-person) $420

Ensembles take place IN-PERSON at the California Jazz Conservatory. 

All ensembles require a placement audition. For audition guidelines and to application instructions, please visit the Ensemble page here.

About Kasey Knudsen

Kasey Knudsen is a San Francisco-based saxophonist, composer & educator. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music in 2002. She has been dubbed “one of the region’s most esteemed saxophonists”  (Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Classical Voice, 2018) and has “quietly become one of the essential voices in the Bay Area jazz scene” (Andrew Gilbert, East Bay Express, 2014). Knudsen was included in a list of “10 Female Instrumentalists Who Redefine Jazz” by Alexa Peters of Paste Magazine (2016) and voted “One of the Best Female Jazz Musicians in the East Bay” (CBS, SF local Bay Area, 2013).

In addition to leading a number of her own projects, as a co-leader, she is involved in several groups, including the Schimscheimer Family Trio, the Holly Martins, and the Klaxon Mutant Allstars. Knudsen frequently collaborates with many of the most unique musical voices in the Bay Area, including multiple performances across the US and Europe with Tune-Yards, Fred Frith and the Gravity Band, the Charlie Hunter Quartet, Erik Jekabson, the Ian Carey Quintet + 1, Ben Goldberg, the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Beth Schenck, and many more.

As an educator, Knudsen specializes in the development of improvisation skills through the study of harmony, transcription, and saxophone technique with a focus on sound production, articulation, phrasing, and ear training. She currently teaches ensembles and workshops at the California Jazz Conservatory.  She has been a clinician at Berkeley High School, Piedmont High School, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Lafayette Jazz Workshop, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Reno Jazz Festival, and the UC Berkeley Young Musician’s Program. Knudsen was an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Sonoma State University for ten years.