News Release - September 23, 2011

Jazz Saxophonist Kasey Knudsen to Debut in Scholarship Concert

The third annual Mel Graves Jazz Scholarship concert will take 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. Knusden is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and was recently hired to teach jazz sax and act as clinician in 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.

Media Contact:

Ruth E. Wilson
Lecturer in Horn
Music Department Publicity
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928