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JC Sanford Quartet ~ “Keratoconus” Album Release



September 26, 2019
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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The Hook and Ladder Mission Room
3010 Minnehaha
Minneapolis, MN 55406 United States
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JC Sanford Quartet with ArtHaus on Thursday, September 26 at The Hook and Ladder Mission Room
“Keratoconus” Album Release

JC Sanford Quartet

with special guest ArtHaus

Thursday, September 26
The Hook and Ladder Mission Room
7:30 Doors :: 8pm Music :: 21+
$10 Advance / $15 Day of Show


The Hook & Ladder Theater is proud to present the release party for Shifting Paradigm recording artist JC Sanford Qartet and their fresh effort Keratoconus in the Mission Room on Thursday, Sept 26th. This performance features some of the Twin Cities’ finest players, including; composer/trombonist JC Sanford, Zacc Harris on guitar and Chris & JT Bates on Bass and Drums, respectively. Supporting the JC’s quartet is ArtHaus – a duo featuring Erik Fratzke and Noah Ophaven-Baldwin

Composer/trombonist JC Sanford’s jazz quartet will release their album Keratoconus on September 27, 2019 on Shifting Paradigm Records. The Minnesota-based group features Sanford on trombone with Zacc Harris on guitar, Chris Bates on bass, and JT Bates on drums.

Though long known in the Brooklyn, NY creative music scene as a distinctive big band composer and conductor, several more recent recordings feature Sanford’s unique improvisational voice on the trombone in diverse small group settings, leading to receiving regular ‘Rising Star’ recognition in Downbeat Magazine. With the release of Keratoconus [ker-uh-toh-koh-nuhs] on Shifting Paradigm Records, we get to hear him to great advantage as both composer and performer, and in both cases his seriousness is balanced with a good deal of humor.
“I think things that are wrong on purpose are often funny,” Sanford says. “Humor is based so much on expectation, so there are a lot of ways to mess with the listener’s sense of what they expect to hear in a certain situation.” Not all of the tracks on the record are fun and games, though.
Sanford’s reputation for variety thrives once again on this new recording. Like his previous projects with his unconventional group Triocracy, and his hybrid jazz big band/chamber ensemble the JC Sanford Orchestra, moods, colors, grooves, harmonic approaches, et al. shift drastically from track to track. The term “jazz” often only loosely represents the character of many of the tracks here, while others are clearly steeped in the tradition of his influences, and the distinctive qualities of Sanford’s writing are only enhanced by his and the band’s particular improvisational voices.

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