Thursday, September 23, 2010

Award Winning Blues, Funk, and Jazz Musician Will Wow Local Audiences

See John Lee Sanders at Horizon Stage on Friday, October 8

John Lee Sanders’ voice is raw and real, sweet and tart. It is an instrument of tremendous emotional and spiritual range. John Lee can sit at his piano and recreate the atmosphere of a smoky Texas BBQ, a New Orleans street parade, and the Mississippi delta, all in one set. He easily navigates between genres, belting out the blues one moment and then smoothly singing gospel the next. Add Jazz, Roots and Funk to his repertoire and John Lee’s range is both incredible and diverse. Local audiences have the opportunity to experience this incredible performer Up Close and Personal at Horizon Stage in Spruce Grove on Friday, October 8.

John Lee Sanders spent his youth in the Mississippi Delta, the swamps of Louisiana, and the plains of Texas, immersed in the wealth of jazz, country, blues, and gospel music that has become the DNA of North American pop music for over fifty years. Childhood meetings with Elvis and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. also influenced his musical landscape. Now living in Kelowna, British Columbia, John Lee tours extensively, performing at festivals across Europe and Canada and sharing stages with the likes of Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder, Freddie King, Dr. John, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Page, Tower of Power, Starship, and many other blues, jazz and pop legends.

Called “one of the hottest bluesmen on the circuit”, John Lee’s compositions have been heard on the radio, on network television, in movie soundtracks and in commercials for Apple, Nissan and Wal-Mart. With an Emmy-nomination in 2007 and a Western Canadian Music Award nomination in 2008, he and his band won three BC Interior Music Awards in 2009 including Blues Recording of the Year, and R & B Soul Recording of the Year. Performing with his award-winning band in Spruce Grove, John Lee Sanders’ New Orleans deep-fried funk gets mixed into a bucket full of blues to create a deeply satisfying musical gumbo.

Tickets for John Lee Sanders’ 7:30 p.m. concert in Spruce Grove on October 8 are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors and $5 eyeGO tickets for high school students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 780-962-8995. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster.

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