Jeff Sanford’s 
Cartoon Jazz Septet & Orchestra

The Cartoon Jazz project was launched in 2003 at the Stanford Jazz Festival with the revival of charts from the great American composer, Raymond Scott. Jeff Sanford tracked down many charts of the famous composer, written for 13-piece bands in public archives and private collector libraries. Members of his band have since been contributing new arrangements of Scott's music as well as other jazz pieces which have been used in cartoons.

Raymond Scott never intended to write for cartoons. His frantic rhythms were emulating the fast and energetic sounds of the New York City lifestyle. Carl Stalling, then music director for Warner Brothers and an avid admirer of Scott's music, used many of Scott's themes in the scores overlaying the cartoon movies of our childhood friends Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig.

The first performance generated an immediate enthusiastic response. Since then Jeff Sanford's Cartoon Jazz Orchestra has become a cultural hallmark of the San Francisco bay area. The outstanding new CD is now available on CD Baby and digitally on  Apple iTunes.

The Cartoon Jazz Project

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