John Lee Sanders can sit in front of a piano and bring the smoke from a Texas BBQ,A New Orleans Street Parade, and a Jazz Club in Manhattan, all in one set. He's listed as a one man band on Gigmasters, for certain types of events, but he's known throughout western Canada and Europe for fronting his own band of first call players, award winning instrumentalists in their own right, from a trio, to a 7 piece smoking Soul, Jazz, Funk review, Straight from the soul of New Orleans, with Piano, Bass, Drums, Hammond Organ, trumpet and Saxophone.
For the last 3 years he's brought his Jazz, Blues and Gospel show, headlining 500 seat concert halls in Canada. With this exciting performance, it's no wonder that Bonnie Raitt Chose John Lee to open her show in her sold out 2012 Concert tour, in Vancouver.
John Lee is right at home in a concert hallfor 3,000, doing his own material, or a Saturday Night Fish Fry in New Orleans.
In May 2012, he'll be performing a 3rd annual concert in the hallowed halls of the Library of Congress, in Washing DC, sponsored by the US House of Representatives, and ASCAP, with Kenny Loggins, and Broadway superstar composer, Stephan Schwartz. (Wicked, Pocahantas, Godspell), and many other Tony, Oscar and Grammy winning songwriters.
He's a 2007 Emmy nominated Composer, Winner of three 2009 Canadian Music Awards, and was the 2012 nominee for Piano player of the Year at the Canadian Blues Awards. He's played many of the major blues and jazz festivals of the world and shared the stage with many icons of the music world, including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Page, Dionne Warwick, and Chuck Berry. His music and voice can be heard on CBS hit TV Shows, and National TV Commercials from Wal-Mart to Apple Computer.
"The pianist/saxman/ singer combines elements of Dr. John with those of several of the best piano based artists of the last 20 years- like Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, and Leon Russel for example and holds his own with all of 'em. When their style comes out of John Lee Sanders he's transformed it into something I like alot." Blue Suede News Magazine.
"This is exactly what it sounds like when Blues is allowed to be fun. A listening joy from the first number to the last. John Lee Sanders, long-time sideman of calibers like John Lee Hooker is not only a first rate singer/songwriter, but also a pianist and saxophonist and overall, it seems, a specialist for all that is sophisticated musicianship and entertainment."
Jazzeit - Jazzeit Magazine, Vienna Austria
John Lee Sanders (Piano, Sax, Guitar, Vocal),
number of players available according to budget