James Hall reviewed the March 28th, 2011 performance by the JC Sanford Orchestra at Tea Lounge in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. The show was part of the weekly Size Matters series that Sanford curates, and which features the unlikely and yet ubiquitous New York-based big band.
"Immediately striking is Sanford's orchestration. Eschewing the traditional big band setup, Sanford includes French horn, oboe, cello, violin, bass clarinet, and tuba in his orchestra. These inclusions drastically affect the color and volume of the ensemble; I've heard many bands try to employ woodwinds and strings only to drown them out with bombastic orchestrations, but Sanford's writing is more sensitive than that. One memorable melody drew on bass trombone, French horn, muted trumpet violin and cello in unison to create a warm, subtle color I'd never heard in any ensemble, classical or jazz..." Read More
Image Courtesy of JC Sanford