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Trombonist/composer/conductor JC Sanford is a musician of rare breadth, deeply rooted in the traditions of Jazz and Classical music, yet constantly pushing at their boundaries. Equally at home in many roles, Sanford works regularly as a composer, performer, arranger and conductor.

As a trombonist, Mr. Sanford has performed with many of the jazz world's leading figures, such as Matt Wilson, Danilo Perez, and John McNeil. His improvisational trio Triocracy - with saxophonists Andy Laster and Chris Bacas - serves as an outlet for his unique compositions and improvisational concepts. As co-leader of My Band Foot Foot (along with John McNeil and Andrew Green), Sanford has helped breed a “mad science project” exploring and recreating music of The Shaggs. An interest in film has led to several projects, including recordings with Danilo Perez for the soundtrack of Hugo Pool - directed by Robert Downey.

JC Sanford's original works often defy labels such as 'Jazz' or 'Classical'. While he originally built a reputation through big band writing, Mr. Sanford has forayed into many other areas - composing for solo piano, wind and brass formations and various mixed chamber ensembles. A founding member of the composers' federation Pulse, JC was a member of the BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop led by Jim McNeely and Mike Abene for 5 years. His works have been performed by John Abercrombie, Lew Soloff, Dave Liebman, Danilo Perez, and a number of universities and high schools across the United States.

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”Of course, conductor J.C. Sanford’s role is paramount, and he brings these pieces to life.”

—Marc Medwin, Dusted Reviews on John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble recording “Eternal Interlude”

”Co-led by composers David Schumacher and JC Sanford, this dynamic 17- piece jazz orchestra delivers heady, modernist fare ranging from the dissonant, surging 'Breaking Point' to the majestic sweep of 'Edge of the Window,' the sly, Thad Jones-inspired 'Chuck 'n' Jinx,' the formidable 'Rhythm of the Mind' and the gentle, rubato ballad 'Ives, Eyes.'

—Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes on Sound Assembly's “Edge of the Mind”

?hese are in essence thought-provoking works that commands one's unwavering awareness and consideration

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Album Pivotal Arc by Quinsin Nachoff

Pivotal Arc

Whirlwind Recordings
2020

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Album Pyramid Scheme by JC Sanford

Pyramid Scheme

Shifting Paradigm Records
2019

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Album Keratoconus by JC Sanford

Keratoconus

Shifting Paradigm Records
2019

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Album Atwood Suites by Andrew Rathbun

Atwood Suites

Origin Records
2018

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Album Views from the Inside by JC Sanford

Views from the Inside

Whirlwind Recordings
2015

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Album Views from the Inside by JC Sanford

Views from the Inside

Whirlwind Recordings
2014

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Manic

Manic

JC Sanford
Pyramid Scheme

Two Islands III

Two Islands III

JC Sanford
Atwood Suites

Your Word Alone

Your Word Alone

JC Sanford
Views from the Inside

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