Jamie Saft is an American keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist and composer.[1] He was born in New York City, and studied at Tufts University and the New England Conservatory of Music.[1]

Jamie Saft
Saft at the Newport Jazz Festival, 2014
Saft at the Newport Jazz Festival, 2014
Background information
Born1971 (age 50–51)
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsKeyboards, organ
LabelsAvant, Tzadik, Veal
WebsiteOfficial website

Saft moved from Brooklyn to the Hudson Valley around 2007, and lived near Roswell Rudd.[2] The two often played together, and Rudd passed on knowledge of some of his own music and that of Herbie Nichols.[2]

He has performed and recorded with an eclectic variety of artists including John Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith, Iggy Pop, Steve Swallow, Bobby Previte, and Marc Ribot.[1] He has also written several original film scores including Murderball and God Grew Tired of Us; selections from these were released by Tzadik Records as A Bag of Shells.[1] The same label has released several of Saft's recordings.[1]


As sidemanEdit

With Jerry Granelli

  • Enter, A Dragon (Songlines, 1998)
  • Crowd Theory (Songlines, 1999)
  • Music Has Its Way with Me (Perimeter, 1999)
  • El oh el ay (Love Slave, 2001)
  • The Only Juan (Love Slave, 2001)
  • Gigantic (Love Slave, 2003)
  • The Jerry Granelli Trio Plays Vince Guaraldi & Mose Allison (RareNoise, 2020)

With Bobby Previte

  • Too Close to the Pole (Enja, 1996)
  • My Man in Sydney (Enja, 1997)
  • Dangerous Rip (Enja, 1998)
  • The 23 Constellations of Joan Miro (Tzadik, 2001)
  • The Coalition of the Willing (P-Vine, 2006)
  • Mass (RareNoise, 2016)
  • Music from the Early 21st Century (RareNoise, 2020)

With John Zorn

With others


  1. ^ a b c d e Layne, Joslyn. "Jamie Saft". AllMusic. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Murph, John (February 25, 2019). "Jamie Saft Delves into Rich Conversations on new RareNoise Disc". Down Beat. Retrieved March 17, 2020.