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Week of April 17, 2021

Two concerts with Kristen Strom and Scott Sorkin Duo:

  • Duo Jazz Magic
  • Gems of Brazilian Music

Kristen Strom and Scott Sorkin Duo
Saxophonist/flutist/vocalist Kristen Strom and guitarist Scott Sorkin are two of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most in-demand performers whose musical connection is undeniable – they have been married and playing together for many years.  For these RLP concerts, they will present music from their unique and varied repertoire, including some new music written while staying home!


“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, woodwind player and vocalist 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. She also performs in a celebrated duo with husband, guitarist Scott Sorkin. Performance venues include the SFJAZZ Center, Monterey Jazz Festival, Stanford Jazz Festival, and several appearances at San Jose Jazz’s Summer Fest. In addition to her 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 loves to share her musical experiences and is on the faculty of Santa Clara University, West Valley College and the Stanford Jazz Workshop. She is an endorsing artist and clinician for Selmer saxophones.


Scott Sorkin is a Bay Area guitarist, composer, producer, teacher and recording engineer who performs and records in styles ranging from jazz, to Brazilian and Latin styles. Scott’s solo CD “Laika” was released in 2017. Performance credits include the Count Basie Orchestra, Mary Wilson (The Supremes), Nneenna Freelon, Paula West, Louie Bellson, Vince Giordano, Tammy Hall, Pamela Rose, Kristen Strom, touring shows “Dream Girls” and Disney’s “Newsies”, Symphony Silicon Recording credits include Jerry Miller and Don Stevens (Moby Grape), Ray Obiedo, John Stowell, Paul Nagel, Jim Norton Collective, Ed Johnson and Novo Tempo, Jennifer Scott & Rene Worst, poet Paul Zarzyski, Denise Withnell and David Wilke (Cowboy Celtic), Kristen Strom, New Almaden Trio w/ Renata Bratt, and film scores (including composer credits). Scott co-leads the international jazz group “Crossing Borders”, featuring Kristen Strom, Jennifer Scott, and Rene Worst. He’s been a featured artist at many festivals, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, SFJazz, San Jose Jazz Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival, Bellhaven Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, and the Festival International De Jazz De Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, and on tour in venues across the US, including Jazz Alley, The Triple Door, Bake’s Place, the Royal Room, Ballard Jam House, Café Pink House, California Jazz Conservatory, SFJazz, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Yoshi’s, The Sound Room, Piedmont Piano Company, Impulse Room, and many other venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.