Kazemde George is a Saxophonist with a unique brand of improvised music that incorporates his many musical influences. Kazemde originally hails from the Bay Area where he studied Jazz with mentors such as Charles McNeal, and Khalil Shaheed through the Oaktown Jazz Workshops.
While studying to receive his bachelors in Neurobiology from Harvard University, he continued his study of music through the New England Conservatory, eventually receiving his masters in Jazz Composition in 2013. While at NEC, Kaz studied with Jerry Bergonzi, Cecil McBee, Donny McCaslin, John McNeil, Jason Moran, Danilo Pérez, and Miguel Zenón. He currently lives and works as a musician and educator in New York City.
In 2012, Kaz began a 10-month George Peabody Gardner Fellowship in La Habana, Cuba, where he studied Congas, performed around the island, and learned about many styles of Cuban music like Rumba, Changui, Timba, and Son. In addition, Kazemde is a prolific Hip-Hop Beat-Maker, making electronic music inspired by producers such as J Dilla, and Madlib. He also has a passion for Brazilian styles such as Bossa Nova, Samba, Pagode, and Choros.
Kazemde’s improvisation and compositions draw from all of these disparate traditions, but seek to find the connections between them all.
For more information, please visit http://www.kazemdegeorge.com/
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