Q&A with jazz player Katisse Buckingham (via Fresno Bee)

Jazz player Katisse Buckingham is the featured concert at this weekend’s 27th Annual San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival.

The composer classifies his music as genre-free.

The one-time theater major says, “I need to love (or at least like) what I do.”

By his own words, Katisse Buckingham is a “pro musician.”

The woodwind player/MC/composer gets paid to perform and record with guys like Dr. Dre and Herbie Hancock, Lionel Richie, Pete Yorn and Prince. And his music has been in movies — the “jazz flute” scene in “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” for one. Buckingham plays regularly with close to 20 different groups, in fact, not counting his solo work. He is also adjunct faculty at California State University, Northridge.

Buckingham is in town this weekend as part of the 27th Annual San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival. His band plays 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, as the featured concert. The Bee talked to him in advance of the show and found out that playing music is more than just a job.

What are you working on right now? Projects? Touring?

Answer: Starting to gather some new tunes for my next solo record. I encourage folks to check out my other records — “A World to the Wise” and “Lyrical Worker” — if you’d like to check me out. Aside from that, I’m staying busy playing with a bunch of creative projects (see http://www.katisse.com). A bit of touring and plenty of recording sessions as well.

Explain your music in one sentence or less?


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