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.