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News (September 2018) Excited to announce that my new album, Moving Day -The Music of John Shifflett, will be released on Origin Records in October! We presented the music at San Jose Jazz Summerfest in August and will be at Monterey Jazz Festival on September 22nd. You can order/download Moving Day here:

( March 2018) Check out the calendar for new shows in 2018, including a concert at SFJAZZ honoring my teacher, Joe Henderson!

I just finished recording an exciting new album, playing the music of the late, great, bassist, John Shifflett. The album, entitled Moving Day -The Music of John Shifflett, features long-time band mates Scott Sorkin and Jason Lewis, with many Bay Area greats as featured guests. It wil be released this summer and the music presented at the Monterey Jazz Festival and San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2018.

2017 projects included the debut of Pamela Rose's new show, "The Blues is a Woman."

This multimedia show presents the history of women in the blues, and features allcast members singing, playing and telling their stories.

2017 - In March I will present a show at SFJAZZ, playing the music from Stan Getz's album, "Sweet Rain."

Some past highlights - I was involved with two album projects that were well-received. Crossing Borders's CD, "Mess Around" was one of Andrew Gilbert 's 10-Best California jazz albums of the year, and James Norton's "Time-Remembered: Compositions of Bill Evans" just got 4 stars in Downbeat! (Fall 2014) We had a great summer of music, jazz festivals and camps, including a new CD with Crossing Borders, "Mess Around", now available on at CDBaby, Itunes, and Amazon!

(Summer 2014)

Stanford Jazz Festival July 13 - Remembering Stan Getz, with the Kristen Strom Quintet, featuring vocalist Jackie Ryan. Look for the new release from Crossing Borders, our band with the fabulous Canadian musicians, Jennifer Scott and Rene Worst. Bay Area Cd-Release concerts in August!

(December 2010) Looking forward to a great 2011, starting with a trip to NYC with Pamela Rose, and work on two new cds. Happy New Year! (September 2010) After a great summer of jazz festivals, jazz camps and just fun music, this fall is shaping up to be just as happening! Looking forward to gigs with my band in the Bay Area, concerts with Novo Tempo in the Northwest, the first tour of our new band, "New Almaden Trio", in California and Oregon, more fun wth Pamela Rose and Wild Women of Song, and the release of New Almaden cellist Renata Bratt's CD, " A Slice of Summer"(June 2010) Just finished a great trip to London with Pamela Rose and Wild Women of Song! Looking forward to a great summer of playing and teaching - check out the calendar for some fun upcoming gigs.

Welcome to my website! My CDs, "Sojourn", “Intention, "Crossing Borders" and "Mess Around", are available at CD Baby, Amazon, on Itunes, Rhapsody, and many other digital music sites.

If you'd like to purchase a copy from me directly just send me an email and I'll arrange to get your copy mailed to you (autographed, if you'd like). I accept PayPal.

"Intention" features a collection of great melodies and improvising by myself and a great band featuring:

Scott Sorkin - guitars
Jason Lewis – drums and percussion
John Shifflett – bass
Adam Shulman – piano
Plus other special guests.

Also take a look at the calendar page for live shows.

Hope to see you around,



Kristen Strom is an endorsing artist for Selmer saxophones