|Jeff Sanford's Cartoon Jazz Orchestra
Jeff Sanford, Orchestra Director, Clarinet, Piccolo, Flute, Soprano, Alto, Bass Saxophones.
Jeff Sanford is a musician, band leader, music teacher, and collector of music charts and instruments.
He is considered by his peers to be an ace reader and a “tune monster”, who loves many styles including pop music, traditional Brazilian, Jewish, Italian, French and German, classical and jazz.
He has played and toured in China and Vietnam and from St. Barts to Juneau, Alaska. He has performed with Clark Terry, Regina Carter, Stan Getz, Tootie Heath, Frankie Lane, Steve Allen, the Ink Spots, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Michael Feinstein, Eddie Fisher, and Jon Hendricks.
Jeff is always working with the Cartoon Jazz Orchestra, the Martini Brothers every Thursday evening at Le Colonial in San Francisco, the Golden Gate Park Band on Sundays, Rudy Salvini’s Big Band, Joel Abramson, and teaching daily on the peninsula.
On a recent, November 2008, trip to San Francisco, we attended a matinee concert at the new (2007) Yoshi's Jazz Club on Fillmore St. The band's performance was so outstanding that we decided to help them get booked in the Northwest.
The Cartoon Jazz Project was launched in 2003 at the Stanford Jazz Festival with the revival of charts from the great American composer, Raymond Scott. Jeff Sanford tracked down many charts of the famous composer, written for 13-piece bands in public archives and private collector libraries. Members of his band have since been contributing new arrangements of Scott’s music as well as other jazz pieces which have been used in cartoons.
Raymond Scott never intended to write for cartoons. His frantic rhythms were emulating the fast and energetic sounds of the New York City lifestyle in the 1930's. In the early 1940's, Carl Stalling, then music director for Warner Brothers, and an avid admirer of Scott’s music, used many of Scott’s themes in the scores overlaying the cartoon movies of our childhood friends Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig.
The first performance generated an immediate enthusiastic response. Since then, Jeff Sanford’s Cartoon Jazz Orchestra has become a cultural hallmark of the San Francisco bay area.