MUSIC

Discography
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An album of original compositions inspired by the legacy of Afro-Latin music in Chicago, Evidencia is the first new recording by James Sanders & Conjunto in over 15 years. Ultimately, this record is not a nostalgic tribute to days past, but a modern-day acknowledgement that James Sanders & Conjunto stand on the shoulders of Chicago’s Afro-Latin originators. Evidencia is their contribution to that living heritage. 

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Freedom is a live recording of Sanders' ensemble Proyecto Libre, an experimental collective that draws from free jazz improvisation and Afro-Caribbean folkloric sources. Ensemble members are bassist Harrison Bankhead, drummer Avreaayl Ra, percussionist Jean Christophe Leroy and saxophonist Edward Wilkerson, Jr.

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Killing Me Softly is the Roberta Flack classic re-imagined as an Afro-Cuban guaguanco by James Sanders & Conjunto, recorded live at Club Jacaranda.

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Dr. Love is an original composition by James inspired by the Indian violinist and composer Dr. L. Subramanian, arranged as a duet with drummer Sarah Allen. It is part of the Original Music for Violin & Drums Series.

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Named after a tune by legendary jazz violinist Stuff Smith, Blue Violin, A Jazz Legacy is a straight-ahead quartet recording featuring songs from bop to post-bop and the Great American songbook by Miles Davis, Kenny Barron, Bud Powell, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern and more.

James Sanders, violin; Kevin O'Connell, piano; Stewart Miller, bass; George Fludas, drums

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Primal Scream is a spontaneous improvisation by James Sanders & Conjunto recorded live at Club Jacaranda and features special guest Willy Garcia on saxophone.

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Where The Sound Touches Silence features drummer Avreeayl Ra in a free improvised duet. It is part of the Original Music for Violin & Drums series.

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James Sanders & Conjunto was the house band at Club Jacaranda in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood for many years. Live in Little Village captures the energy of a typical Friday night with songs by Chucho Valdes, Charlie Parker, Oscar Hernandez, Wayne Shorter and more plus originals by band members Sanders and Don Neale.

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Chicago Sessions is the first studio recording by James Sanders & Conjunto featuring a Latin jazz mix of originals, Afro-Latin classics and jazz standards.  Includes songs by McCoy Tyner, Miguel Matamoros, Eddie Harris, Django Reinhardt and more.

Special guests include Gypsy jazz guitarist Affonso Ponticelli, trumpeter Tito Carillo, and vocalist Angel d'Cuba.

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Space Between features drummer Ben "Jammin" Johnson and conguero Joe Rendon. It is part of the Original Music for Violin & Drums series.

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Recorded in 2010, Live at the Velvet Lounge documents an evening of purely improvisational music at Fred Anderson's legendary creative music venue featuring James Sanders on violin along with bassist Harrison Bankhead and  Avreaayl Ra on drums.

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Sanders | Bankhead | Ra

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Proyecto Libre

Occurrence No. 5

Background photo by Laura Hamm