Kirsten Edkins is an exciting young saxophonist and composer residing in Los Angeles. As a graduate from the prestigious Eastman School of Music where she attended on scholarship, Kirsten studied with Walt Weiskopf and the legendary Ray Ricker, and expanded her musical education studying composition and arranging with Bill Dobbins. Prior to her tenure at Eastman, she also studied with woodwind specialist and jazz recording artist Bob Sheppard.

As a sought after improviser, Miss Edkins has performed with Arturo Sandoval, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Gary Smulyan, Tim Hagans, Larry Goldings, Clay Jenkins, Geoffrey Keezer, the Clare Fischer Big Band, Bill Holman Big Band, John Daversa Band, Gary Foster, Bob Sheppard, Joe LaBarbara, Larry Koonse, the New York Voices, and Wycliffe Gordon amongst others.

Beyond jazz, Miss Edkins has also performed with such diverse popular artists as Carrie Underwood, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Seth MacFarlane, Katherine McPhee, Wayne Brady, Otis Williams, Ricky Minor, Anita Ward, Gloria Gaynor while still a host of others. Kirsten’s television appearances include American Idol, Duets, The Voice, Knight Rider, Glee, Bones and The Tonight Show.

Kirsten Edkins is not only an inspired improvising jazz musician, but additionally in demand as a motivational music educator. Her associations include the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Cal State Fullerton, Saddleback College, Golden West College, Occidental College. Kirsten is also busy in her own private studio encouraging and educating young musicians for over 14 years. In addition Miss Edkins Directs the Community Outreach at the American Jazz Institute, and teaches saxophone at Occidental College in Eagle Rock.

  • “Los Angeles has an original treasure on the tenor saxophone named Kirsten Edkins. Miss Edkins projects a deeply rich understanding of the jazz language, a beautifully complex sound while swinging every step of the way. I’m her biggest fan.”Bob Sheppard
  • “Kirsten Edkins is a dedicated and soulful artist. Her maturity as an improviser is expressed through her sound and her depth of musicality”Clay Jenkins
  • “It is a great pleasure to know Kirsten Edkins and to hear her evolve over recent years into a mature jazz artist. Kirsten carries forward the ideals and traditions of the great improvisers with an original voice of her own.”Gary Foster
  • “I love playing with Kirsten. She always brings a bunch of creative juice to the table and her compositions follow their own morality.” Joey Sellers

Stay Tuned for my Debut Album “Art and Soul”

Check out the sneak peek below.  The album features Bob Sheppard (Producer, Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet), Mike Cattone (Trumpet), Ryan Dragon (Trombone), Larry Goldings (Piano, B3), Larry Koonse (Guitar), Mike Valerio (Bass) and Mark Ferber (Drums).



Upcoming Shows

02 Apr 2015 Bernie Dresel Studio City Cafe Cordial Cafe Cordial

Past Shows

23 Mar 2015 Tim Gill Studio City The E Spot Lounge The E Spot Lounge
01 Mar 2015 Seth MacFarlane Bel Air Vibrato Vibrato
23 Feb 2015 Laure Zaehringer tribute to June Christy Studio City, CA The E Spot Lounge The E Spot Lounge
21 Feb 2015 Bill Holman Band Elmhurst, IL Elmhurst College Elmhurst College

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