Jimmy Kraft is a Bay Area native / NYC-based vocalist, saxophonist, pianist, composer, arranger, and educator. He splits his time between performing around the Bay Area, writing and arranging music, and teaching. He is currently a member of the faculty at the acclaimed Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Berkeley Jazzschool, and he maintains a sizable roster of private students from around the world. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies and Music Composition from University of the Pacific, where he played a pivotal role in a number of musical endeavors.
Jimmy has a knack for interpreting standards, infusing a unique subtlety and virtuosity into every tune he sings. He is particularly known for his vocal improvisation, a skill he has honed through years of listening and independent study. Jimmy’s original music is indicative of his appreciation for a vast array of styles, but his love of jazz harmony and intricate lyricism shine through the mix