Kate Campbell Strauss is a New Orleans-based musician who plays saxophone, writes and arranges music, edits and mixes audio, and teaches. Kate's practice is based in exploring creative process as a vehicle for healing and liberation. Over the 25+ years that Kate has been playing music, they have sought out musical collaborations and opportunities in which they experience a strong sense of connection - to community, nature, and spirit. They are also an activist dedicated to expanding creative opportunities for other musicians of underrepresented identities.
Kate has played as a bandleader and freelancing sideperson in Louisiana and the northeast US at concert halls, festivals, wine bars, and backyards. Their big band arrangements have been performed and recorded by the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra featuring a variety of guests, including Cyrille Aimée, Renee Neufville, John Boutté, Miki Howard, Nnenna Freelon, and Erica Falls. Their work as an audio post-producer has been featured at the New Orleans Jazz Museum and on Anna Laura Quinn’s 2022 release Open the Door. Kate’s work as a composer has been supported by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
Kate earned a Master of Music in Jazz Studies at the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies at Pomona College. They teach as a faculty member at the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, as a guest lecturer at the University of New Orleans, and at their private studio.