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SANS PAGAIE - JAZZ BAND

Jazz Band from Phoenix, AZ - Will travel up to 100 miles
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Sans Pagaie is a 4-piece jazz band - Saxophone, Piano, Bass, and Drums. The band plays instrumental music from Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Cole Porter, Charlie Parker, Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, Branford Marsalis, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and many more.

We've played hundreds of weddings, parties, and events all over Arizona. Some of our customers are The NFL, The Boulders Resort, The Phoenician, Visa Card, The Phoenix Symphony, Chandler Jazz Festival, The Lost Leaf Gallery, and The Phoenix Art Museum.

SAXOPHONIST CHRIS BENAVIDEZ
As a youth, Chris Benavidez won numerous awards for music including The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, 1st Chair - Tenor Saxophone at The All State Jazz Band (1998), The Lester D. Felton Scholarship for Music, and The Carpenter Family Scholarship for Jazz. In college, Chris worked extensively with the world renowned Bassist, Joel DiBartolo (Bassist for The Tonight Show Band under Doc Severinsen, The Buddy Rich Big Band, and Vocalist Carmen McRae). During this same time, Chris joined the straight ahead jazz group, The Giant Steps Jazz Band. As a member of Giant Steps, Chris worked the bars and night clubs of Northern Arizona for about a decade (2002 to 2012). During that same time, Chris and other NAU (Northern Arizona University) graduates formed a new group. The band was a tribute to Composer/Bassist Charles Mingus. The name of the group was Pithecanthropus Erectus. The bombastic group included 4 or 5 horns and a rhythm section. All of the music was written by Charles Mingus. Currently, Chris is working with Sans Pagaie , in Phoenix, Arizona. The band released their first album during the Fall of 2016.

As a band, we know you need a group that sounds good, looks good, and is on-time for your event. When you book with us, all of the dates, times, payment instructions, and specific terms about band breaks are agreed to in-writing before you sign-up.



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Christmas Party

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The Giant Steps Band was perfect....Classy & Tasteful music..jazz and popular music. I think they would be great for any event. Good song selection. They were there an hour early and ready to go well in advance of our starting time. The music was incredible. The overall talent of this band was very, very high. We are happy we hired them.

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Wedding

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The band was fantastic and very accommodating! They were a fantastic addition to my swing/big band era themed wedding reception! They were a great success and truly made the evening special. I would highly recommend the Giant Steps Jazz Band!

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Birthday Party (Kids)

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We hired Giant Steps to play at our son's birthday party at our house and were extremely impressed. The band was fantastic! The music sounded amazing! They put together a beautiful rendition of "Happy Birthday" for the party. The musicians were talented, very polite and professional, and a good time was had by all. Chris made the whole interaction really easy for us, and we only hope we have occasion to see them play again. Thank you so much!

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2017
May
6
Wedding Ceremony
Paradise Valley, AZ
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
2017
Apr
22
Celebration
Mesa, AZ
9:30 PM - 11:00 PM
2017
Jan
28
Wedding Reception
Scottsdale, AZ
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
2015
Dec
3
Christmas Party
Chandler, AZ
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2015
May
30
Wedding
Waddell, AZ
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2015
May
16
Wedding Reception
Mesa, AZ
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
So What
Miles Davis
My Favorite Things
John Coltrane
Freddie Freeloader
Miles Davis
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Cannonball Adderley
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Charles Mingus
One O'Clock Jump
Count Basie
Naima
John Coltrane
Giant Steps
John Coltrane
Dolphin Dance
Herbie Hancock
Alone Together
Grant Green
Big Band
Jazz Band
Swing Band
Acoustic Band
Wedding Band
Jazz Orchestra
Proms
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Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note SANS PAGAIE - JAZZ BAND will also travel to Glendale, Tempe, Peoria, Chandler, Sun City, Laveen, Mesa, Scottsdale, Cashion, Paradise Valley, Gilbert, Sun Lakes, Tolleson, Avondale, Higley, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Youngtown, El Mirage, Fountain Hill, Sun City West, Queen Creek, Sacaton, Surprise, Maricopa, Fort Mcdowell, Apache Junction, Waddell, Carefree, Wickenburg.
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