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Jimmy Kraft

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Jimmy has returned after a five year stint at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton, CA. In the burgeoning music scene of the Miracle Mile and beyond, demand was high for his presence. Showgoers were likely to catch him at Take 5 jazz club with Brian Kendrick’s “Little” Big Band or leading his neo-soul project Mr. Kit at a house party or local haunt. His contemporary jazz quintet, the Original Jambassadors, pumped soul into coffee shops, fundraisers, celebrations, and social gatherings throughout the Stockton area. Between gigs, he immersed himself in a musical, educational, and social lifestyle at the university as a jazz studies and composition student.

There, he performed important roles in university ensembles, founded/directed/arranged for an a cappella group of twenty voices, earned top prize with his quartet at the 2015 Seattle Jazz Experience, arranged a public discussion with Wynton Marsalis on music and leadership as part of the 2013 Brubeck Jazz Festival, and composed a five-movement suite for orchestra and jazz ensemble (among numerous other original works). He has also worked closely with colleagues to record a number of original releases, most recently a self-produced album featuring eight original works.

Jimmy currently holds an annual position as alto saxophonist in the Mendocino Music Festival Big Band and teaches saxophone, clarinet, voice, piano, and songwriting at multiple locations around the bay.

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