Steve Kaldestad

Since moving to Vancouver in 2008, Steve Kaldestad has become one of the most in-demand saxophonists on the scene, performing as a sideman with Jesse Cahill’s Nightcrawlers, Jodi Proznick’s quartet, and many other groups. Steve has released three CDs on the' Cellar Live' label to great acclaim, including Straight Up and the new release, New York Afternoon with the Renee Rosnes Trio.

Originally from the prairies, Steve spent the ’90s in Montreal, obtaining his Bachelors and Masters degrees from McGill University. During this time Steve was awarded a grant to study with Lee Konitz in New York for a year.

In 2000, he began an eight year stint in London, England and joined the Kate Williams Quartet, the Matt Wates Sextet, the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, the Gareth Lockrane Septet, and played regular gigs in the BBC big band, the Humphrey Lyttelton Group and others. He has also played and/or recorded with Denzal Sinclaire, Mike LeDonne, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Peter Bernstein, the Karl Jannuska Group, Kevin Dean and many others.

Steve now resides in Port Moody, BC and teaches at Capilano University, and directs the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music Big Band. Steve is a D'addario artist.

Position: Adjudicator
Festival: Jazz Festival