Bandleader, saxophonist, composer and arranger Kira Daglio Fine grew up in Lexington, MA and is currently located in New York City. She has won numerous awards and scholarships at competitions such as Essentially Ellington, the Charles Mingus High School Competition, and the Berklee High School Jazz Festival. Kira is the founder and director of the student big band at Columbia University, and she often performs throughout New York City and Greater Boston with her own groups. She has appeared at venues such as the Regattabar, the Lilypad, and Outpost 186 in Cambridge, MA as well as Cornelia Street Cafe, Symphony Space, Garage Restaurant, and Silvana in New York City. She has shared the stage with and composed for the likes of Ron Carter, Jon Faddis, Miguel Zenon, Steve Nelson, and Gary Smulyan, and has studied with musicians such as Jon Gordon, Don Sickler, Ole Mathisen, and Mike Tucker. Kira's musical influences include Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Stitt, Sonny Rollins, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, and Miles Davis, among others.
A recent interview with Beets & Noodz at Columbia. Read the full article here.