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Anders Svanoe

Playing all of the saxophones and the occasional clarinet part, Anders got his start in music taking piano lessons, singing in church choirs and playing saxophone and piano in the public school bands. In 1991 Anders graduated from Luther College and in 1994 he completed his Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the mid 1990s Anders studied with Frank Morgan while Frank lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “Frank taught me everything about the saxophone, especially the importance of sound.” Another key component to Anders’ post-graduate education was his meetings with multi-instrumentalist and composer Roscoe Mitchell. Since 2001 Anders has played and recorded with Roscoe in various contexts ranging from duos to large ensembles.

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“The improbable sleeper of the year is The State of the Baritone by Madison WI reed player Anders Svanoe, who rewarded producer-saxophonist Jon Irabagon’s faith in him, with an ambitious and conceptually lucid statement about the hulking horn’s ability to float like a butterfly and roar like a buffalo stampede, among other qualities.” Kevin Lynch -

“Exceptional saxophonist Jon Irabagon knows when he’s sighted a fellow virtuoso.” “State of the Baritone 2 is a muscular session combining frequent groove propulsion and multiple tune sections, making a harmonious marriage between bebop and free blowing.” Martin Longley – DownBeat

“Svanoe wrings grace, a broad tonal range, and stylistic diversity from a bulky wind instrument that most people encounter in only a supporting role.” Scott Gordon –

“We need people who can find their own source, within themselves, and create from there

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Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


I have taught saxophone, the saxophone quartet, the jazz combo and the improvisation ensemble at Beloit College since 2006. Please contact me through my website for more information.


State Of The Baritone Volume 2

State Of The Baritone...

Irabbagast Records

State of the Baritone

State of the Baritone

Irabbagast Records 006

Duets with Jon Irabagon

Duets with Jon...

Anders Svanoe Music

Lines and Spaces

Lines and Spaces

Solitaire Records