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In 2011, I was diagnosed and treated for tongue cancer, in British Columbia, where thankfully I was covered by BC single payer medical insurance.  Unfortunately, it didn’t cover dental, with the side effects of radiation, my teeth slowly deteriorated.  My health is in great condition, but this is a major  expense  that I'm not able to afford. 
I’ve been a professional saxophone player since the early 70s.  My first instrument was the piano, which I still love and make a living from but the saxophone is something like no other instrument, in it's connection to my soul, and to the audience, that's much more personal, much like the voice,  but different altogether.  I wanted to play jazz, but the high school jazz band required us to  play in the Marching Band at every football game during the season, starting in Monroe, Louisiana, at age 17, 

That Tenor Sax has taken me  all over the world, from New Orleans street parades, t
he Gong show, to the Library of Congress, all over the world, from the Blue Note Jazz club in Japan, The Melbourne Concert Hall, the Vienna Opera House, and the funkiest Juke Joints of Texas and Louisiana.

Luckily I’m  decent piano player, and a singer, so I can keep working, but I really miss wailing on the Sax. I’ve gotten to work with some of my musical heroes, like 
Bonnie Raitt, Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Page, Tower of Power, and played on some great recordings, with people like Lenny Pickett, the great sax bandleader on Saturday Night Live.
Here's an iTunes Playlist of some of my favorite Sax recordings over the years, some of mine, and other great players I've worked, including Danny Hull from the Doobie Brothers, Long John Baldry,  and Lenny Pickett from Tower of Powe r and the Saturday Night Live Band.    
The response has been wonderful with much love and support from people I've known throughout my life, and some of those who have inspired me as a musician, like Paul Williams, Huey Lewis, Bonnie Raitt, Gonzo of the Muppets (Dave Goelz) Chris Caswell, and the San Francisco Golden Gate Blues Society.
Your support is much appreciated.
Over the last 8 years, became more extractions, I’ve been getting by with a teeth guard like the football guys use, but it's painful after 15 or 20 minutes and the sound just ain’t the same,  but the soul is still there, just waiting to come out.  To survive in the music world, since losing some of my teeth,   
I'm a very accomplished piano player, singer, and often do backing tracks, and transcriptions of some of the great smooth jazz sax players such as 
Boney James, Dave Koz, Kenny G, and Euge Groove, for  I need Dental implants, and have gotten estimates from 13,000 to 20,000, Depending where I go in the world to get it done,  USA, Mexico, Europe, the price can vary, but I’m starting this gofundme, now. My friend Dave Goelz, who created Zoot, the sax player on the Muppets, once gave me a statue of Zoot, signed “To John Lee, My Mentor” because I reminded Dave of his famous fictional character. For a donation of $300 or More, I’ll do a sax solo on your next CD, or do a Horn section with 2 or 3 saxes.    Anything you care to contribute will be most appreciated,

Here's the Link to this Campaign

Check out an advance preview
and pre-order

of my new CD, October 15
"Tweakin' Some Twang"
Blurring the lines of Blues,
Soul, Country, Americana, New Orleans

Emmy Nominated Composer •
Arranger • Producer • Performer
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2004 Blues Award Nominee Song of the Year

German Music Critics Award 2015
Blues Album of the Year

San Francisco Drama Critics Award

Multi Instrumentalist

Piano Saxophone Vocalist

  • “If you like New Orleans funk with a goodly helping of blues, Thie CD, Bucket Full of Blues, is for you.”
    Maple Blues Magazine, Toronto Blues Society
  • John Lee Sanders’ blues are …. a resurrection of the human spirit, a projection of hard-earned hope and a declaration of extravagant love
    David Ritz , Best selling Music Biographer” Ray Charles • Marvin Gaye • BB King • Aretha Franklin
  • “John, You’re A Treasure”
    Huey Lewis
  • “A Triple Threat!, One of My Musical Heroes!”
    Bonnie Raitt
  • " A listening joy from the first number to the last. Not Only a first rate singer/songwriter, but also a pianist, saxophonist and overall, a specialist for all that is sophisticated musicianship and entertainment." - Jazzeit Magazine, Vienna Austria.
    - Jazzeit Magazine, Vienna Austria.
  • John instantly brought all the smooth smoky feelings of a Memphis jazz bar to the stage and turned classic Christmas music into something completely new. Be prepared to be Blown Away!
    Vancouver Weekley
  • He is comparable with Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and Ivan Neville. The standing room crowd followed John Lee unconditionally, deep into the humid swampy back streets of the Crescent City, the world of Mardi Gras, on his journey through the dive bars of Tremé, Uptown, Downtown, Mardi Gras Indians, a soulful mix of Cajun, zydeco, Gospel, funk, blues and swinging Old Time Jazz – improvisational, and tight at the same time. John Lee Sanders is a highly creative artist, a great musician and above all, an outstanding composer. a concert that will go down in the annals. Ingolstadt Blues Festival.
    Donau Kurrier, Ingolstadt Germany
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    Opening for Bonnie Raitt 2012
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    3 Canadian Music Awards
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    Meeting Rod the Mod
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    Working with Willie
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    Keith Emerson Keyboard duel
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    World Blue Band Austria
Songwriter Producer Performer
His songs have been recorded by Eddie Kendricks of the Temptations, and Marsha Ball, who received a Grammy nomination, for blues CD of the year, with the hit single from Sanders.
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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,Randy Newman ,Bonnie Raitt, Freddie King ,Tower of Power, and many more.