JC Sanford (Record Release Show)

Jan. 23
9:30 p.m.

Trombonist and Minnesota native JC Sanford spent the last couple of decades elsewhere, chiefly New York. That’s where he earned accolades as a conductor and arranger for cutting-edge jazz ensembles, working with the likes of John Hollenbeck, Joel Harrison, and Ravi Coltrane. His compositions have been covered by a wide range of jazz artists, including his own quartet, JC4, which released Can You Believe It? last month. Coinciding with Sanford’s recent move back to Minnesota, the new album will be celebrated with this performance, which will feature Twin Cities jazz stalwarts JT Bates on drums, Chris Bates on bass, and Zacc Harris on guitar. A protégé of trombone icon Bob Brookmeyer, Sanford is an agile player with a warm, glowing tone, graceful textures, and imaginative solos. Sanford’s originals on Believe It? range from the funky title track (inspired by the Red Sox’s 2004 World Series win) to the stylish reverie “Forest Lawn,” the slippery jazz-rock grooves of “DumPac,” and the Latin-flecked “Chico’s First Date.” The sole cover is John Scofield’s “Easy for You,” a rich meditation with country overtones.