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Saxophonist Kristen Strom and her band perform the Joe Henderson classic “Black Narcissus” during her April 22, 2022 performance at the SFJAZZ Center, broadcast on Fridays Live.
About the concert:
Bay Area-based saxophonist and composer Kristen Strom returned with a performance dedicated to her former teacher Joe Henderson, featuring a selection of classic Henderson tunes and Strom’s own compositions. The evening also included a discussion of Henderson’s influence on her own writing, drawing connections to his extensive body of work and the pieces on the program.
A masterful instrumentalist and educator, Strom has performed with a staggering list of artists over her career including the Manhattan Transfer, Natalie Cole, Steve Turre, Jimmy Heath, and Roberta Flack. She recorded over 40 albums, appearing on four recordings with the celebrated Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra and worked locally with Pamela Rose, Tammy L. Hall, Wally Schnalle, and the Jim Norton Collective. She teaches at Santa Clara University, West Valley College, Stanford Jazz Workshop, and is the director of the South Bay Summer Jazz Intensive.
Her latest OA2 Records session, Moving Day: The Music of John Shifflett, is a tribute to the late Bay Area bassist, composer, and bandleader with whom Strom performed and recorded for 25 years.
Kristen Strom: tenor saxophone
Scott Sorkin: guitar
Tammy L. Hall: piano
Ken Okada: bass
Sylvia Cuenca: drums
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