Originally from Huntersville, Pennsylvania, saxophonist Kate Anderson has performed throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. She has toured multiple times to Cuba with the Latin Jazz Messengers and throughout Europe with the Royal Court Theatre Orchestra. Recently, Kate has recorded with New York rock band The Felice Brothers on the album Undress, where she was featured on their title track. She has also toured and recorded with Rick Hirsch’s Big Ol’ Band since 2017.
A veteran of many professional performances, she has appeared at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Strathmore Music Center, Alice Tully Hall, Heinz Hall, F.M. Kirby Center and the Santiago de Cuba Jazz Festival. Kate has performed with jazz luminaries Randy Brecker, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Delfayo Marsalis, Marquis Hill and Antonio Hart. Aside from individual luminaries, she has been performing with the Scranton Jazz Festival Big Band since 2018, which was recently nominated for an Emmy Award in the TV production of the "Swingin' Jazz Nutcracker Suite". She has expanded to other genres in performances with country singer-songwriter Morgan Myles, R&B and gospel vocalist Barbara Walker, Grammy-winning polka king, Jimmy Sturr and legendary producer of The Band, John Simon.
In addition to jazz, Kate is an accomplished classical saxophonist. She has studied and performed with leading artists Eugene Rousseau, David Stambler, Frederick Hemke and the Capitol Quartet. She performed countless recitals as a soloist and part of small ensembles in this genre. In her graduate studies at Northern Illinois University, Kate was the first saxophonist to win the Concerto Competition in her performance of Ingolf Dahl's "Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra".
She earned her Bachelor of Music Performance degree at Penn State University and Master of Jazz Studies degree at Northern Illinois University.