JC Sanford celebrates the release of his quartet CD “Can You Believe It?” on Red Piano Records. DownBeat magazine describes Sanford’s playing on the album as “a warm, unforced sound. He solos with clear direction while avoiding overplay.” Canada’s Textura describes it as “a well-rounded and well-crafted set that shows Sanford and company breezily settling into broad stylistic terrain, jazz naturally but funk, rock, R&B, and Latin, too.” He’s delighted to be joined by stalwarts of the Twin Cities creative jazz scene: guitarist Zacc Harris, bassist Chris Bates, and drummer JT Bates.
After 16 years in New York City, MN native and trombonist/composer JC Sanford recently relocated to his home state. A long time student of the legendary Bob Brookmeyer, Sanford has performed as a trombonist along side the likes of Danilo Pérez, Matt Wilson, Bill Stewart, and Donny McCaslin. He was also selected as a “Rising Star” trombonist in DownBeat magazine’s 2015 Critic’s Poll. A sought-after conductor of new large ensemble music in NYC, he conducts the twice-Grammy-nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, Joel Harrison’s Infinite Possibility, and the Alice Coltrane Orchestra featuring Ravi Coltrane and Jack DeJohnette. His 2014 JC Sanford Orchestra album Views from the Inside won international acclaim and was awarded the prestigious Aaron Copland Fund for Recording. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie, and Ingrid Jensen.