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.
There is no mistake, you are in the right place. Pachyderm beckons. The studio once still and silent is awash with people inside and out. The drive up to the 1963 built Frank Lloyd Wright inspired house is ringed with gates festooned with majestic elephants, and in the planted bed in front of the prairie style rambler there lives a trio of Pachyderms, trunks joyously raised in greeting.
JT Bates rang out 2015 by releasing his solo production Open Relationships at his Monday night series JT’s Jazz Implosion at the Icehouse. Bates plays with almost every musician in town from Alpha Consumer to Erik Koskinen to Free Jazz on Mondays. So there was some question, at least at our table, about what to expect, although having Mankwe Ndosi (culture weaver with stately voice) and Davu Seru (noted improvisational drummer) play before was some indication. The music is more free jazz than Americana. Continue reading →