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Kareem Kandi

A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem Kandi is a performer, composer, and educator, in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage.

Kareem is a versatile musician with strong roots in the traditions of Jazz, Blues, Classical and Funk, and has been performing on the scene for years, gaining attention from critics and audiences alike.  While staying true to musical styles of the past, he also keeps an eye towards the future by composing original music as well as new arrangements of timeless songs from the great American songbook.

Since 1996, Kareem has been performing both as a bandleader and as a sideman to enthusiastic audiences around the world at concert halls, festivals, and clubs. Over the years Kareem has performed, toured and recorded  with some of the finest musicians in the music industry including: Pete Christlieb, Patti Labelle, Mark Elf, Ali Jackson, D’vonne Lewis, Bill Watrous, The Seattle Symphony, Mordy Ferber,  Julian Priester, The Paperboys, The Northwest Repertory Singers, Thomas Marriot, The Tacoma Symphony, Alex Duncan, Frazey Ford, DJ Hapa, The Polyrhythmics, Bill Ramsay, The Staxx Brothers, Jay Thomas, The Sabella Consort, Greta Matassa, The Temptations, Hadley Caliman, The Four Tops, The Harry James Orchestra,  Wayne Bergeron, and many others. Because of his musical diversity, his group, The Kareem Kandi Band has a sound that is fresh, innovative, and appeals to a wide variety of audiences.

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“Tenor saxophonist, Kareem Kandi, has been a lynchpin of northwest jazz for 20 years, and when it comes to be-bop, he’s the real deal. His classic tone (think Dexter Gordon and Pete Christlieb) and straight-ahead approach lays the music on the line.” - KNKX, KNKX - Live studio session (Aug 24, 2015)

“Kareem Kandi’s music draws on influences as diverse as hip-hop and traditional Middle Eastern music. A sax player, arranger, and composer, he fuses these influences with solid technique and a firm grasp of traditional jazz, funk, soul, and blues.” - Michael Berry, Seattle Weekly (Nov 08, 2013)

““Jazz is the only purely American music and the one genre that has embraced elements of all musical forms

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Beginner to advanced


I offer private lessons on saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano, and have been teaching privately since 1996. I also teach lessons on composition and jazz improvisation which can be applied to any instrument.  Throughout my years of teaching I have worked with people of all ages and abilities, from the beginner just getting started, to the advanced player who simply wants some new ideas. You can find a full resume with teaching credentials and experience on my website:




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