John Lee Sanders, maestro of Blues, Jazz, Americana, vocalist, saxophone, piano, Emmy Nominated composer, and headliner at many of the top blues and Jazz festivals of Europe and North America.
"John, You're a Treasure" Huey Lewis
"One of My Musical Heroes" Bonnie Raitt
"Bravo" William Ross, Musical Director, 2007-2014, Academy Awards
He 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 North 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.
In June 2014, He'll be fronting a 20 piece big band in a tour of Eastern Europe on Major Jazz and blues festivals, along with Zakiya Hooker, daughter of John Lee Hooker.
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 hall for 3,000, doing his own material, a Saturday Night Fish Fry in New Orleans, or a high profile black tie event. He has performed at some of the most prestigious events in America, including Fundraisters for President Gerald and Betty Ford, 2014, at the Grammy Legacy Songwriters concert, "A song is Born" with Paul Williams, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, with an all star band.
In May 2014, he'll be performing a 5th annual concert in the hallowed halls of the Library of Congress, in Washington DC, sponsored by the US House of Representatives, and ASCAP, with Randy Newman, Carly Simon, Heart, Allen Bergman, and other platinum selling songwriters, and Broadway superstar composer, Stephan Schwartz. (Wicked, Pocahantas, Godspell), and many other Tony, Oscar and Grammy winning songwriters.
Other recent performances include a 2 month cruise aboard "The World" through the Northwest passage. The World is owned collectively by some of the wealthiest people on earth, and continually navigate the globe on the most beautiful ship on the seas.
2015 German Music Critics Award, best blues cd, 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, Kris Kristofferson, 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.
Amazing vocal piano-vocal reproductions of Elton, Billy Joel, Sinatra, Bublé, Ray Charles, Willie, Elvis, Standards, 50s, 60s 70s, Dance, Broadway, Beatles, classical, wedding receptions, a class act. Currently Resident Pianist, Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach Alabama