Happy 2020 Everyone, 2020 means perfect vision
and I wish that for all the world. On Thanksgiving Day, 2019, my wife Maria and I took a New Orleans Flight, to Seville Spain. All of our belongings, Clothes, Kitchen Stuff, Paintings, Sentimental artsy stuff, and all of my music equipment, 4 guitars, 3 Saxophones, 3 keyboards, Sound equipment, 30 hard drives, and tons of computer things, all on a ship out of the port of Mobile AL. To Malaga Spain, where it arrived by truck at 8:00 AM Christmas eve morning, 3 strong guys helped us unload a 20 foot cargo container, that could barely make it through the 500 year old streets of our village, of Palos de la Frontera, The strawberry capitol of Europe.
A huge and challenging undertaking, with so many details, with 55 huge containers inside the 20 foot one that goes on a crane on a ship.

After a month of getting organized, my studio is about 90% in full operation, and already doing sessions for some of my long term clients.

Palos is also the home of the Brothers Pinzon, who set sail with Christopher Columbus out of Palos, in 1492, that changed everything. We are excited and challenged by this new chapter in our lives, and learning from the amazing culture of Spain, where my wife was born in 1963.

A week ago Sunday, Jan. 5, the 3 Kings of Orient Are, came parading down our street, Throwing out trinkets, from their floats, with brass bands, Dancers, and a great celebration of the Epiphany, that also starts Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Being from Louisiana, I Couldn’t resist blasting some Satchmo out the window, as the parade passed by my front row seat on the balcony of our house!

Maria and I would like to wish all of our friends in South Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, BC Canada,
and of course LA, and the SF Bay area, many blessings, health and prosperity, Thank you for your love and support.
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.