Soloing in Minor Keys with Kasey Knudsen

Sunday, April 21, 2 - 4 pm

Soloing in Minor Keys with Kasey Knudsen
Age Adult
Event Type Workshop
Department Theory and Improvisation
Day Sun
Instructor Kasey Knudsen
Status inperson event

4-part IN-PERSON Improv Series

Each workshop in this hands-on 4-part improvisation series focuses on a common jazz tune or chord progression.

Each instructor will present their approach to learning and soloing over the selected tunes or progressions.

Bring your instrument and sign up for one or all four!

For this section, Kasey Knudsen will share a range of ideas for soloing on tunes in minor keys. 

About Kasey Knudsen

Kasey Knudsen, a San Francisco-based saxophonist, composer, and educator, is a prominent figure in the Bay Area jazz scene. With a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music, she’s lauded as “one of the region’s most esteemed saxophonists” (Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Classical Voice, 2018) and a vital voice in local jazz (Andrew Gilbert, East Bay Express, 2014). Recognized by Paste Magazine as one of “10 Female Instrumentalists Who Redefine Jazz” (2016) and voted “One of the Best Female Jazz Musicians in the East Bay” (CBS, SF local Bay Area, 2013), Knudsen’s impact transcends performance. She’s received commissions including one from San Jose Jazz ‘New Works Festival’ in 2021, and in 2020, she earned InterMusic SF’s Small Chamber Music Grant, supporting her debut album with the Kasey Knudsen Sextet. Her compositions have graced venues like Intersection For the Arts and the De Young Museum, drawing inspiration from visual artist Deborah Oropallo. Collaborating with diverse musical voices both locally and internationally, Knudsen has shared stages with Tune-Yards, Fred Frith, Charlie Hunter Quartet, and more. As an educator, she specializes in improvisation, nurturing creativity in her students.

Other workshops in the series: 

Soloing on Giant Steps, Step by Step
with Ian Carey
Sunday, May 5, 2 – 4 pm

Soloing on There Will Never Be Another You
with Anton Schwartz
Sunday, May 19, 2 – 4 pm

Soloing on Rhythm Changes
with James Mahone
Sunday, May 26, 2 – 4 pm