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

Don Quixote's, Felton, CA

Jeff Sanford's Cartoon Jazz Septet Live at Don Quixote's International Music Hall


Cartoon Jazz Septet & Orchestra

ANGELICAS, Main Street, Redwood City

Angelicas and Montuno Productions present Jeff Sanford’s Cartoon Jazz Septet in a live performance of the delightful and whimsical music of the classic cartoons, accompanied by silent films, comedy, and magic.

Cartoon Jazz Septet & Orchestra

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The Raeside's, 662 Kenwyn Rd., Oakland

John and Francie are hosting our Cartoon Jazz Septet once again in their lovely home! New compositions as well as favorites from our repertoire will be offered along with tasty goods and beverages that you may bring too! Limited seating, arrive early. Donations accepted.

Community Tuesdays: Cartoon Jazz Septet

Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

COMMUNITY TUESDAY Jeff Sanford’s Cartoon Jazz Septet Lunch & Concert in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall Music at Noon Performance Series

Tuesday, January 19 12:00–1:30 PM Early admittance at 11:40 AM for people with RSVPs by January 17 to Michelle Rosengaus at (650) 223-8616 or

$20 or two punches on the Community Tuesday punch card. Price includes buffet lunch and concert. Oshman Family JCC | Taube Koret Campus For Jewish Life 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto 94303 | | (650) 223-8700 Enjoy the always exciting Cartoon Jazz Septet performing the music of Raymond Scott, Lenny Carlson, Jelly Roll Morton, John Kirby and others. Their jazz performance is fun, refined, rehearsed and spontaneous all at the same time!

Jeff Sanford, Septet Director: Clarinet, piccolo, flute, soprano, alto saxes Mark Rosengarden: Drums, percussion Simon Planting: Bass Andy Ostwald: Piano Randy Johnson: Banjo, guitar, glockenspiel, vocals, arranger Hal Richards: Tenor, bari sax, clarinet, piccolo, oboe, flutes Eric Wayne: Trumpet, flugelhorn

Sponsored in part by the Leo Gabow Memorial Fund.


Cartoon Jazz Septet

Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda

Cartoon Jazz Septet When: Sunday, November 8, 2015 Time: 2 pm Where: Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda Cost: $20/advance; $25/day of show; $10 children under 13; $50 Family Pack (2 adults + 2 children) Info:, (510) 865-5060 Classic cartoons—from Bugs Bunny and Wile E. Coyote to Walt Disney and Tex Avery—have provoked laughter in audiences of all ages with their ridiculous antics for decades. Close your eyes, however, and you’ll notice just how much the music adds to your enjoyment of these mini-masterpieces. Jeff Sanford and his Cartoon Jazz Septet bring new life to the big band sounds that accompanied the animation of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. In addition, they perform an ever-expanding set of new arrangements of jazz greats and original commissions. Join them for a concert featuring the music of Lenny Carlson, Raymond Scott, Jelly Roll Morton, Charlie Shavers & John Kirby, and others on Sunday, November 8. Cartoon Jazz Septet & Orchestra has delighted audiences at venues throughout the Bay Area and recorded multiple albums, including Cartoon Logic and More Cartoon Logic.


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 and original compositions of Lenny Carlson paired with silent films, cartoons, dance and magic!


Cartoon Jazz Septet

Mint Plaza, San Francisco

People In Plazas presents Jeff Sanford's Cartoon Jazz Septet in an hour long free concert off of Mint + 5th streets between Market and Mission

Jeff Sanford Jazz Septet

Metropolitan Club, 640 Sutter Street, San Francisco

The Cartoon Jazz Septet will perform an hour concert of Raymond Scott, John Kirby, Lenny Carlson paired with silent films/cartoons, dance and magic!