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Kristen Strom


Kristen Strom


“With a tone that's lithe and lustrous, Kristen Strom embodies her musical philosophy in every note she plays.” - Andy Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News

Saxophonist Kristen Strom has been a mainstay on the Bay Area music scene for nearly two decades, acclaimed for beautifully rendered melodies, exceptional tonality, and accomplished musicianship. Strom has played alongside many well-known artists, including Manhattan Transfer, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis, Jimmy Heath, Steve Turre, Pamela Rose, and Jon Faddis.

In addition to her solo albums, Intention, Sojourn and Moving Day: The Music of John Shifflett, she has recorded more than 40 CDs with various jazz and pop artists, including the international jazz group Crossing Borders, John Worley and Worlview, Pamela Rose, Ed Johnson and Novo Tempo, Wally Schnalle, Tammy L. Hall, The Jim Norton Collective and poet Paul Zarzyski. Moving Day: The Music of John Shifflett was included in the Best Jazz Albums of 2018 by the Mercury News.

Her touring schedule has included performances across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia.

Kristen is on the faculty of Santa Clara University, West Valley College and the Stanford Jazz Workshop.