Jeff Sanford's Jazz Orchestra Plays Dinklespiel Auditorium at Stanford November 1, 2019

Jeff Sanford's Jazz Orchestra

Friday June 14th 7:30 PM ONDINE'S in Sausalito Respond for reservations: today or call: 415.944.8754


A special concert featuring the release of their new CD Nothing Wrong: The Music of Lenny Carlson on the Digital Victrola label. Grammy nominated guitarist and composer Lenny Carlson has been writing music specifically for this band for more than a decade and this extraordinary relationship between composer and musicians has resulted in a deep catalogue of truly creative contemporary jazz.

The octet will also be performing the music of Jelly Roll Morton, John Kirby, Duke Ellington and the inspiration for the group, Raymond Scott


Ondine's is a Sausalito treasure with views of the bay and tapas and drinks will be offered during two fabulous sets featuring some of the Bay Area’s best:

  • Jeff Sanford & Hal Richards on saxes, flute, clarinets
  • Eric Wayne on trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn 
  • Zach Spellman on tuba
  • Randy Johnson on guitar and banjo 
  • Andy Ostwald on piano
  • Simon Planting on bass
  • Mark Rosengarden on drums


There is a $25 minimum with a small plates menu. The program will be two sets with a 15 minute intermission.  We look forward to seeing you at this great evening of fun and exciting music.

Ondine's in Sausalito

Make reservations todat at or call 415.944.8754


Hal and Jeff blowin' reeds n flutes, Randy singing and strumming, Zachariah and Simon covering the low notes on tuba and bass, Mark showing off his rhythm, Andy playing beautifully on the piano, Eric handling the trumpets

Music by Raymond Scott, Jelly Roll Morton, Charlie Shavers from the John Kirby sextet days  Open your ears!


Sunday March 10th 2019 House Concert at the Raeside's 2PM 

662 Kenwyn Rd. Oakland 

This is our ninth (missed one year) annual music party at John and Francie's, not to be missed!  My favorite gig of the year; the Septet (Zach has a prior comittment) will be performing Raymond Scott super charged cartoonish fun, Jelly Roll Morton, John Kirby/Charlie Shavers, Lenny Carlson originals.  Donations, bring enjoy tasty goodies and beverages, all ages welcome, come and enjoy with us!

playing the music of Raymond Scott, lenny carlson, Charlie Shavers/John Kirby, Jelly Roll Morton and others

                         Jeff Sanford's Cartoon Jazz Octet

                                                           BIRD & BECKETT books and records

                                    653 Chenery Street, San Francisco 415.586.3733

                                               7:30 PM     November 10th, 2018

Chez Hanny presents Jeff Sanford's Cartoon Jazz Sextet

 JANUARY 1st 2019 4 P.M.  House Concert    Jeff Sanford's Cartoon Jazz Sextet plays the music of Raymond Scott, Jelly Roll Morton, John Kirby/Charlie Shavers    reservations strongly recommended

1300Silver Ave., SF

potluck at the break please bring food and/or drink to share   415.552.2729

                                 BLUE NOTE in NAPA!  

       Jeff Sanford's Cartoon Jazz Septet Plus One (Zachariah Spellman)

             January 11th 2018    Two Shows

Previous events


Cartoon Jazz Septet & Tuba

Blue Note, 1030 Main St., Napa

Jeff Sanford’s Cartoon Jazz Septet is a smaller version of the Cartoon Jazz Orchestra, which Jeff Sanford organized in 2003 to play the eccentric, highly entertaining and challenging music of American composer Raymond Scott. This music is known to millions around the world—it was the soundtrack to 120 classic Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoons. The first public appearance of the Cartoon Jazz Orchestra was at the 2003 Stanford Jazz Festival, and the group has been performing regularly ever since. They appeal to young children who love the great variety of instruments and sounds, older adults who remember the original cartoons, and music lovers of all ages who appreciate the sophisticated, out-of-the-box compositions and performances.

The vision of the Septet extends far beyond Raymond Scott’s music these days. Among other icons, Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington are represented, as is Charlie Shavers, the brilliant trumpeter, composer and arranger who “jazzed the classics” for the John Kirby Sextet in the 1930s. Since 2009, Lenny Carlson has been composer-in-residence for both the Septet and the Orchestra, composing more than 30 original pieces in a variety of styles. He has also composed a number of Latin-flavored pieces that are part of the Cartoon Jazz Septet repertoire.

The show will also feature Zachariah Spellman, Principal Tubist for the San Francisco Opera Orchestra since 1977 and for the Marin Symphony since 1980.

Ages 8+


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