Yikes! Foiled again! If you were among the millions of little and big kids who grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons, Jeff Sanford’s Cartoon Jazz Orchestra (CJO) will bring back memories by the truckload. The music that accompanied Mickey, Minnie, Bugs, Daffy, Woody, Rocky, Bullwinkle, and their fine-feathered friends provided a special soundtrack for our young lives.
The Cartoon Jazz Orchestra is a sixteen-member jazz ensemble made up of some of the Bay Area’s top professional musicians, who play a veritable children’s zoo of instruments. Much of the CJO repertoire was composed by the great 20th-century composer Raymond Scott. Lenny Carlson’s Aluminum Sunset: A Tribute to the Music of Raymond Scott is a three-movement suite written in honor of Scott’s innovative and fun music, which also happens to be very difficult to execute.
Don’t worry, I’ll save you! So, fasten your seat belts, we’re off on a grand adventure. That’s all, folks!
Founder, Cartoon Jazz Orchestra
Jeff Sanford plays many musical instruments, but not all at once. He has performed with musical icons ranging from Regina Carter to the San Francisco Symphony. He is founder and leader of the Cartoon Jazz Orchestra, which made its debut in 2003.
Composer; Guitarist; Producer; Instructor, City College of San Francisco
Lenny Carlson is a Grammy-nominated composer and guitarist with numerous professional credits in a career of more than forty years. He has presented concerts of original music at Stanford, including “Echolocation: Six Movements for String Quartet” (2007) and “Earth Tones” (2009).
Free and open to public.