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    Live in Oakland
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    Blues Jazz Tenor Sax, Soulful in the tradition of King Curtis, Fathead Newman
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    Touring with Mickey Thomas and Starship
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    With Rod Stewart

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    performing with Keith Emerson, Emerson Lake and Palmer

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    CBC Radio Live concert, Mardi Gras 2009

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    Willie Nelson and JLS, LA DVD recording

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    photo shoot, California, Mozart Rhythm & Romance CD cover

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    Performing on the "World ResidenSea" Spain Portugal, 2013

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    Festival Lent, Maribor Slovenia, 2013

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    Opening for Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream Tour, 2012

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    Gospel Blues Christmas Vancouver

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    3 BC Canada Music Awards, 2009

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    Performing at the Library of Congress

    ASCAP We write the songs, with Carly Simon, Randy Newman, Bill Withers and more
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    Mary Wells….John was her pianist for many years

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    between shows with Percy Sledge

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    with Long John Baldry, Father of the British Blues

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    Clarksdale Mississippi playing in the Delta

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    Royal Studios, Memphis, on the corner of my Mother and Grandmother's House


John Lee Sanders comes from the deep roots of jazz, blues and roots music through his early years in the Mississippi Delta, Alabama, the Bayous of Louisiana, and The plains of Texas. John Lee has a universal gift to reach audiences from a broad and diverse musical spectrum.
With blues at the core, he has evolved a complex musical gumbo, with the flavors of Cajun, Rock, Gospel, Pop, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Country, classical, with a deep love of the traditions, and culture of New Orleans.
John received a degree in classical and jazz composition from the University of North Texas, was a member of the
North Texas University Lab Band, and finished his degree program at University of Louisiana.
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He Comes from a gifted Memphis musical family with ties to WC Handy, father of the blues. His aunt lived only a few doors down from Elvis Presley, and a young Aretha Franklin living a mere 4 blocks from his Grandmother's house in Memphis, He spent his formative teen years in Birmingham, Ala, whose great Gospel Quartet traditions later help form the Motown Vocal Sound. Birmingham concert promoters in the early 60s billed 13 year old “Little John” as Birmingham’s answer to “Little Stevie Wonder”
His song, "Foreclose on the House of Love" received an international Blues Award Nomination, 3 BC Interior Music Awards, and a 2004 #9 Blues charted hit. His childhood encounters with the likes of Elvis Presley and Dr. Martin Luther King are part of the landscape that influenced this gifted performer and composer.
John Lee has shared the stage, opened for, recorded or toured with some of the legends last 50 years, including
Jimmy Page, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, , Starship, Bill Withers, Chuck Berry, Bonnie Raitt, Freddie King, Tower of Power, and many more. His songs have been recorded by Eddie Kendricks of the Temptations, Aretha Franklin, and Marsha Ball, who received a Grammy nomination, for blues CD of the year, with the hit single from Sanders. He is a 2012 Canadian Maple Blues award nominee for Piano Player of the Year!

Currently based out of British Columbia Canada, Sanders’ touring schedule takes him to many of the major Jazz and Blues festivals of Europe, and Western Canada. His technical virtuosity on Piano, Vocals, Saxophone, with an “A” list touring band, that frequently includes a horn section, he has been one of the highlights of many performing art centre concert series throughout Canada.
The Year 2012-13, John Lee played some of the most impressive venues in North America, opening act for
Bonnie Raitt’s Western Canada tour, where she told the crowd in Vancouver, "John Lee is one of my musical heroes, a quadruple threat, Louisiana's loss is Canada's gain". He recently performed with Bonnie at the Vienna State Opera House in Vienna Austria.
John is taking a break from the last 4 years of touring and is now performing regularly at the
Perdido Beach resort, one of the top Vacation resorts on the Alabama Gulf Coast,
aboard the World Residensea, the largest, most exclusive privately owned Yacht, around the coast of Spain and Portugal. On the “World” In 2012.
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John Lee was possibly one of the first musicians in History, to perform on a 2 month legendary voyage through the Canadian Northwest Passage, from Alaska to Greenland. In December of 2016, John Lee and his 6 piece band performed their 6th year in a row “A Gospel Blues Christmas”, with rave reviews.
John performed 2 weeks in 2013, in May, New York, at the World Famous
Carlyle Hotel with legendary songwriter Paul Williams, Through his work with ASCAP, John has performed with many multi-platinum songwriters of the last 60 years, Tony, Oscar, Grammy winners
John starts a
mini European tour on December 19, in Spain, Austria and Italy for a reprisal of his 2012 Gospel Blues Christmas.
In February and March, he'll be performing on the Reno Snow/ Fun Train through the Sierras, and club gigs around the San Francisco Bay Area