About John Sandfort – jazz tenor saxophonist

John Sandfort
John Sandfort

John Sandfort is a jazz tenor saxophonist who has landed in Atlanta, Georgia, after spending portions of his career in Chicago, IL, Long Island, NY, and Buffalo, NY.

After receiving his degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, John Sandfort was an active presence on the Chicago music scene performing with many of Chicago’s great jazz musicians, including George Fludas, Jodie Christian, Jeff Parker, and many others.

While in Chicago, he became a member of critically acclaimed Sony recording artist Mighty Blue Kings, appearing on the Mighty Blue Kings Sony release Live From Chicago, as well as the independent releases A Christmas Album, and Alive In The City. With Mighty Blue Kings, John has toured extensively in the United States and Europe, sharing bills with B.B. King, Ray Charles, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Buddy Guy, and many others.

Now in Atlanta, John regularly plays with many of the Southeast’s finest musicians and recorded his debut CD, Southbound, for Hot Shoe Records. The CD is on sale at CDBaby.com. This straight-ahead jazz recording features trumpeter Joe Gransden, drummer Clay Hulet, bassist Craig Shaw, and pianist Michael T. Jones.

John Christmas performances

Singer and trumpeter Joe Gransden’s big-band concert is a mainstay of the holiday season in Atlanta. For years, he’s brought his 16-piece band out on the town, to various venues, for a mix of original arrangements and venerated big-band charts of holiday fare. The group features Atlanta’s best jazz musicians, including John Sandfort.

Gransden and the special guest, singer Francine Reed, turn the annual show into a week-long celebration. At the band’s regular Café 290 gigs — and by extension, these holiday concerts — Gransden is at the helm with a carefully honed, laid-back stage presence, a kind of come-what-may attitude to match his accomplished matinee-idol voice. With Gransden in charge, the evening has a casual, friendly feel. The serious band — playing vertiginous passages of sixteenth notes up and down their instruments in challenging arrangements of familiar songs — works in contrast to his easy vocal approach.