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Erica von Kleist

Saxophonist and flautist, Erica von Kleist has begun to make her mark in the New York jazz scene as one of the most in- demand young musicians in the city, performing and recording with Wynton Marsalis, Chris Potter, Sean Jones, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, DIVA and the Grammy® Award-winning Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. The 2009 Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll voted Erica a “Rising Star” on flute, following the release of Sean Jones’ record The Search Within, featuring Erica as a soloist. While performing is her primary passion, Erica has proven herself a prolific and gifted composer. Drawing upon influences such as Wayne Shorter, Duke Ellington, and Stevie Wonder, Erica has been commissioned to write for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Juilliard School and the Afro- Latin Jazz Orchestra. Erica is currently a member of Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, as well as a regular orchestra member at The Addams Family on Broadway, and can be heard on the original Broadway cast recording featuring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth.

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Saxophone

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Advanced students only.

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In early 2011, Erica released her first book, A Cool Approach to Jazz Theory: A Step-by-Step Guide to Improvising with Scales, Chords and Progressions which is the culmination of years of work and interaction with hundreds of talented young jazz musicians, and is designed to supplement any curriculum dedicated to jazz and improvisation. Erica has been involved in jazz education for over ten years and has worked with students of all ages, and has led clinics at high schools and colleges worldwide such as Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Middle School Jazz Academy and Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition programs, The Juilliard School, University of Spokane, Foxboro High School, Hall High School/Hartford and has traveled to schools throughout the US, Japan and Cuba.

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