Since moving to New Orleans in 1997 Danish born saxophonist and composer Christian Winther has established himself as a in-demand saxophonist on the jazz scene through his soulful versatile sound. His four recordings on the Steeplechase label have earned him critical acclaim from many national and international jazz publications. Winther has toured the US and europe as the leader of the Christian Winther Quartet and performed as a sideman with many New Orleans jazz groups.
Some of the musicians Winther has performed and/or recorded with include: Ali Jackson, Vincent Gardner, Shannon Powell, Herlin Riley, Billy Drummond, Marcus Printup, Richard D. Johnson, Rodney Green, Reuben Rogers, Fredrick Sanders, Germaine Bazzle, Preservation Hall among others.
Winther's latest recording Refuge In Sound (2016) features all original compositions by the leader and a all-star group comprised of Allyn Johnson-piano, Mike Moreno-guitar, Reuben Rogers-bass and Billy Williams Jr.-drums. Winther's playing is strongly rooted in the jazz tradition, but he exerts a versatility that allows him to apply his sound to many varied musical situations. Winther notes: “being a musician in New Orleans, you are privileged to experience so much different music as part of everyday life, and you start to realize how you can draw from all those sources”. Offbeat magazine says of Winther - While swinging is often at the forefront, a refreshing element is the ease of how Winther moves both to more free ranging realms, while he glances back to the musics tradition.