The Cartoon Jazz Project

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 of the charts written for sextet and 13 piece band in public archives and private collections. Members of his bands have since written new arrangements and new compositions of jazz used in and out of 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 at 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 in 2003 generated an immediate enthusiastic response. Since then Jeff Sanford's Cartoon Jazz Septet & Orchestra has become a cultural hallmark of the San Francisco bay area. The Orchestra is far more than just a 'cartoon music band,' with an ever growing library of new arrangements and the commissioning of new compositions, Jeff Sanford and his Cartoon Jazz Septet & Orchestra are nostalgic and current and the same time.



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Cartoon Jazz Septet

Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

Children Of All Ages: Sunday October 25th Come one, come all to experience this fun-filled and wonderfully exciting show with Jeff Sanford’s Cartoon Jazz Septet performing the music of Raymond Scott, Jelly Roll Morton, John Kirby, original compositions of Lenny Carlson paired with silent films, cartoons, dance and magic!



Cartoon Jazz Septet

Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda

Jeff Sanford's Cartoon Jazz Septet performs a concert featuring the music of Lenny Carlson, Raymond Scott, Jelly Roll Morton, Charlie Shavers/John Kirby, and others