6:30 to 9:30pm
Trombonist/composer/conductor JC Sanford is deeply rooted in the traditions of jazz and classical music, yet constantly pushing at their boundaries. A long-time student of the legendary Bob Brookmeyer, Sanford has performed as a trombonist alongside the likes of Danilo Pérez, Matt Wilson, Anthony Cox, and Donny McCaslin. A sought-after conductor of new large ensemble music in NYC, he conducts the thrice-Grammy-nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, the Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble, the Alan Ferber Nonet +Strings, John Ellis’ jazz opera Ice Siren, and the Alice Coltrane Orchestra featuring Ravi Coltrane and Jack DeJohnette. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by jazz artists such as Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie, Lew Soloff, and Ingrid Jensen, plus non-jazz artists like Japanese koto player Yumi Kurosawa, British singer-songwriter Joy Askew, and Grammy-nominated classical pianist Andrew Russo. His own 2014 JC Sanford Orchestra album Views from the Inside won international acclaim and was awarded the prestigious Aaron Copland Fund for Recording grant. Sanford was recognized as a "Rising Star” trombonist and arranger in DownBeat Magazine’s 2018 Critic’s Poll, is a 2018 McKnight Composer Fellow, and received a 2019 MN Sate Arts Board Artist Initiative grant to record his quartet. He was also just named musical/artistic director of the JazzMN Orchestra.
Guitarist, Chris Olson, is a freelance musician in the Twin Cities, performing varied styles of music with ensembles of all sizes. As a member of the JazzMN Orchestra, Chris has had an opportunity to perform with such artists as Randy Brecker, Wycliffe Gordon, and Maria Schneider. He has performed at the Icehouse with several groups, including the trio, Framework, which has been around for over 20 years. His solo guitar, as well as duos with numerous instrumentalist and vocalists, can be heard at venues all around the state, and beyond.An experienced music educator, Chris teaches in several settings throughout the Midwest.