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Theo Saunders: Trane Stories

Read "Trane Stories" reviewed by Rex  Butters

"My music is the Spiritual expression of what I am: my faith, my knowledge, my being. When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for the people, to help humanity, to help humanity free itself from its hang ups. I want to speak to their souls." John Coltrane, quoted on Trane Stories A seasoned group of LA's finest, spearheaded by pianist, Theo Saunders, brings us a unique intimate portrait of ...

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Theo Saunders: Jassemblage

Read "Jassemblage" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Veteran Manhattan-born pianist, composer and arranger, Theo Saunders, has been a driven artist since his days at the High School For Performing Arts. In the ensuing decades, whether in NYC or California, his devotion to improvisational music has led him to stamp his personal vision on the music he plays, whether composing compelling original music or rearranging standards. Six years ago, after a typically unfettered, emotionally searing performance at one of LA's great jazz hangs, the late Charlie ...

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Theo Saunders and Intergeneration: When The Saints Go Out

Read "When The Saints Go Out" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Southern California pianist Theo Saunders is a veteran musician/composer with an extensive resume as bandleader, sideman and musical director. The sparkling sophomore effort, When The Saints Go Out, documents the robust sounds of his Intergeneration group on this Arabesque label debut, a follow-up to Intergeneration (CDBaby, 2011). Originally from The Big Apple, Saunders has lived and performed in both New York and the west coast, where he has carved out a successful professional career. As leader of the Intergeneration sextet, ...

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Theo Saunders: Intergeneration

Read "Intergeneration" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Born into the cultural vortex that is New York City's Upper West Side and raised by Broadway theater-performing parents, Theo Saunders was destined for the creative life. By the time he graduated from New York's prestigious High School for the Performing Arts, Saunders knew his future would be made seated in front of a piano playing jazz. But that future would not be in New York; at a certain point, Saunders knew he had to get out of the city, ...

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Theo Saunders Sextet: San Diego, CA, July 5, 2011

Read "Theo Saunders Sextet: San Diego, CA, July 5, 2011" reviewed by Robert Bush

Theo Saunders Sextet Saville Theatre, San Diego City College San Diego, CA July 5, 2011 Pianist Theo Saunders has an incredible resume. Growing up in NYC, he played with Pharoah Sanders in the 1960s, and in 1971 (at age 24), at the Village Vanguard with the likes of Jimmy Garrison and Jack DeJohnette in a group led by guitarist Sonny Greenwich. Appearing on more than 40 recordings as a sideman, he has accompanied everyone ...


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