John Lee Sanders, Keyboards, Vocals, Penny Whistles, Arranging Producing Etc
It's interesting how life presents opportunities, I met Linda Arnold at a posh Solo High rise gig in the Bay Area, and ended up Arranging, co-producing, and co-writing some of the songs on many of her solo Cds, Videos, radio shows, Some of the first video games ever produced, with Phillips Polygram, Educational materials, Co-Writing, and other Children's music projects, Her husband Edward R. Hearn, one of the most respected music attorneys in the music biz, specializing in intellectual property internet music rights. ended up being my music attorney, and advised me on many things, and represented me on many recording contract negotiations. Linda is and was one of the Most important Children's music artists in the world, a featured star on the Disney channel, teaching children tolerance, unconditional love, nutrition, and so many other great things, through magical and mystical imagination musical processes through love.
NAPPA Gold Award Winner. Get ready to join the fun as award-winning artist, Linda Arnold, and her whimsical characters, Tyrone and the dinky dinosaurs, invite young listeners to stir up a musical treat made of 30 traditional family favorite sing-alongs. It’s a wonderful, magical, super-fantastical, silly, “Sing Along Stew”, and it bubbles with joyful enthusiasm, so pull out the pots and pans and sing along with this irresistible musical treat the whole family will adore! Irresistible fun!
Linda Arnold's recipe for Sing Along Stew is simple: all you need is "a little bit of laughter, two cups of rhyme, rhythm, a teaspoon of time, half a pint of harmony, and a sprinkle of melody." Arnold's exceptional voice and uncanny talent for entertaining make favorite songs such as "Wheels on the Bus" and "She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain" shine. Two large medleys, "Silly Songs Medley" and "American Songs Medley," will have your child singing along and begging for more. Guitar, percussion, keyboards, flute, electric bass, and a children's chorus accompany Arnold throughout. Liner notes include complete lyrics and suggested activities to complement selected songs. Sing Along Stew is a must-have collection of popular children's tunes by a wonderful singer. --Tami Horiuchi
John Lee Sanders, Keys, Vocals, Woodwinds, Composer Arrangers
Lead Vocals on "Swing Low Sweet Chariot"
John Lee Sanders, Arranger, Composer, Keyboards, Saxes, Vocals,
Broadway Classics and more. Welcome to an imaginary Broadway theater just for kids! This wonderful album is a treasure the whole family will enjoy. Whimsical characters like tap dancing alligators and singing bananas add loads of fun to delightful Broadway classics.
"Linda's pure soprano and meticulous professionalism make her a favorite with children and parents alike." --LA Times "Eventually even the most down to earth youngsters are drawn into Linda's fairytale world." --Disney Channel Magazine "Impeccably crafted songs backed by strong performances, exceptional musicianship, and a stylish production, make for a children's listening treat." --L.A. Parent Magazine
John Lee Sanders, lead vocal and all instruments, Captain Hook's Waltz, from Peter Pan
On Stage Tonight: Baldry's Out album for sale by Long John Baldry was released May 02, 1994
John Lee Sanders, Keys, Saxophone, Vocals
on the Stony Plain label. Personnel includes: Long John Baldry, Kathi McDonald, Papa John King, Butch Coulter, John Lee Sanders. On Stage Tonight: Baldry's Out CD music contains a single disc with 12 songs.
Recorded live in Hamburg, Germany.
On Stage Tonight: Baldry's Out! nicely rectifies a 30-year oversight: the gentleman has never previously released a live recording. On Stage Tonight: Baldry's Out songs Captured in Germany, the disc blends the strongest tracks from Baldry's It Still Ain't Easy comeback album with updated past greats. On Stage Tonight: Baldry's Out album for sale And it just wouldn't be Baldry (especially live) without the ferocious backing of longtime soulmate Kathi McDonald. On Stage Tonight: Baldry's Out CD music While Baldry's blues can sometimes be a tad too "polite," On Stage Tonight captures that unique smoky growl in top form. ~ Roch Parisien
Liner Note Author: Long John Baldry.
Personnel: Long John Baldry (vocals, 12-string guitar, harmonica); Papa John King (vocals, guitar); Butch Coulter (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica); John Lee Sanders (vocals, saxophone, keyboards); Kathi McDonald (vocals); Eric Webster (piano); Al Webster (drums).
Arranger: Long John Baldry.
Recording information: Club Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany (04/28/1993); NDR, Germany (04/28/1993).
Photographer: Holger Petersen.
Featuring duet lead vocals with Kathi McDonald
Some of the best musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area
Chris Caswell, All tracks on "Tomorrow's checkin up on me"
David Garibaldi, Drums (from Tower of Power)
Dennis Murphy, Bass
Stef Burns, guitar (From Huey Lewis & the News)
Garth Webber, Guitar (Miles Davis Band)
Joe Hodge, Percussion
Irene Sazer, Violin (Turtle Island String Quartet)
Danny Hull, alto sax track2 (Doobie Brothers)
Johnny Bamont, saxes,
Tom Poole, Trumpet,
John Lee Sanders, Saxes
Melisa Kary, Kathi McDonald, Loralee Christensen, Dallis Kraft
Engineers, Bruce Tambling, Bruce Kaphan,
Generosa Litton, OTR studio
Bill Williams Engineer, Pre-Production
Andreas Wittig Art Finish, Artwork
"The pianist/saxman combines elements of Dr. John with those of several of the best piano based artists of the last 20 years- like Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, and Leon Russel for example and holds his own with all of 'em. I'm not much into a couple of those guys, but when their style comes out of John Lee Sanders he's transformed it into something I like alot.
Not only that, but he takes a led Zeppelin song ("Black Dog") and shows those guys how that song should go, realizes its potential fully. He also covers Little Milton on "Who's Cheatin' Who?' This album is a tremendous discovery, and I just lucked onto it by running into Sanders at a party. Not only did he give me a copy, but he bought a subscription!"
Blue Suede News
A Thrill's A Thrill
The Canadian Years
I met Long John in 1986, coming up to do an LP, in Vancouver, the week that Chernobyl had the Nuclear Melt Down, I didn't have quite the history at the time of how important he was on the Music scene of the UK and Canada, We became great friends, and I stayed with him each time I would visit Vancouver, and eventually became roommates with his lifetime partner Oz, in 2012, after my divorce and John's passing in 2005.
When I stayed at Baldry's beautiful Penthouse in Vancouver, I never knew who would be on the other end of the phone, when I would pick up, whether it would be Elton John, or Rod Stewart, or Jimmy Page, and other rock Royalty.
Before meeting Baldry, I was still a bit ambiguous as to define my own music, in pop, jazz, gospel, soul, and realized my Louisiana and southern roots, were more a part of me, than any pop music trends, and as we toured the largest blues festivals of the world, and serious respectful European audiences, I re-affirmed my musical voice.
Baldry was larger than life, and he took great joy in his life. As pop musical fads and fancies waxes and wanes, he dipped into his own legacy of music, drenched in blues, always willing to try something different and perpetually entertaining." Richard Flohil
William John Baldry, aka, Long John Baldry is an intriguing figure in the history of pop music. From England, he was a tall man 6 feet 7, and he would embellish his height with top hats and stacked heels. He learned the guitar at an early age and played in blues bands with Big Bill Broonzy, Muddy Waters, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott. He discovered Rod Stewart, Elton John and Eric Clapton. They consider him the father of the British Rock Scene. After he came to the United States he turned to his blues based music. Here he was in the land of the blues, but he found New York City too crowded ,and in Los Angeles, he could not breathe. He found Canada had a lot of the energy of the United States without the downsides. He moved first to Toronto and then to Vancouver where the Canadians embraced him. His rich, low voice was perfect for the blues -based rock he so loved. My best friend and I found Long John Baldry over a year ago and have embraced all that is Baldry.
This two disc CD has combined all of the blues based rock songs that Long John Baldry made his own. This is the best CD of his seventeen. One listen and you are lost in the legend that is long John Baldry. There are 30 songs that proclaim his right in the history of blues and rock n roll.
`Baldry's Out'- Long John Baldry had mental health issues and after discharge from an institution he made this CD. The song, 'Baldry's Out' was the first time Baldry sang with Kathi McDonald. She was an ex-Ikette and had sung with Joe Cocker. This was but the first song of many to come.
`You've Lost That Loving Feeling' written by Phil Spector and a slow song that showcased Kathi McDonald and Long John Baldry. This song made the top 100.
`Find You'- an original song by Long John Baldry, a rousing tune.
`A Thrill's a Thrill- this was for its time a risqué song. It was written when sexual barriers were tumbling. It was a song about the place and time, and is one of our favorites.
`Any Day Now'- a Burt Bacharach song was the `big ballad' with a great sax solo by Rick Morrison.
`Morning Dew'-an underground hit by the Grateful Dead brought Baldry back to his days as an acoustic folkie.
`You're Good With Your Love'- another lilting duet with Kathy McDonald.
`Darlin'- a slightly old fashioned standard- love this song and Long John is the man for this song.
`River's Invitation'- one of the best songs on the CD-a classic Percy Mayfield tune.
`Passing Glances'- written by an old bandmate, Mick Clarke, great music from his band and the sax man, Rick Morrison.
`It Aunt Easy-written by Ron Davies- a good ole bluesy ballad.
'25 Years of Pain'-"It took just one hour of your lovin to cure 25 years of pain-" great blues.
`Let The Heartaches Stop'-a corner stone of Baldry's feelin's.
`The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More'-old Walker Brothers hit that reflects Baldry's loneliness
`It Still Ain't Easy'- a song to mark the 20th anniversary of Baldry's first album "it Ain `t Easy.
`Midnight In New Orleans'- a city Baldry loved and reminder of his early jazz days, gorgeous guitar played by Amos Garrett.
`Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie'-a show stoppin' finale of all of Baldry's tours. An over the top version. A fitting finale to this marvelous CD.
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John Lee Sanders, 1999, Raw Records
A radical departure for me. I have studied classical music since childhood, and was inspired to do this CD, after touring in Austria many times in the 90s-2000s, and feeling a connection to Mozart.
So much has been learned in the making of this CD, it has definitely been a labor of Love. My Inspiration initially came from the simplistic elegance of Mozart’s music itself, the rhythm and romance of life, and the whispers of the Angels. To comprehend the genius of Mozart is to understand that divine channel of creativity, that flowed from him like an eternal spring, from his first brilliant piano concerto at age 5, to his dying breath,
in a requiem that captures the mystical journey from this world to the next. I have felt that passion in rare moments when time stands still and the music takes over body and soul. His music has become such a part of me since visiting his Birthplace in Salzburg, and visualizing this project, The “Mozart Effect” on my music will
be forever felt, whether it be gospel, blues or pop. In a world where sub-woofers pound the pavement, and the samples loop into into infinity, Mozart will still be my musical blue Oasis, a place of pure joy, love and the perpetual flow of divine inspiration, to raise this planet to a higher vibration.
"Mozart's music is perfect.
John Lee Sanders takes perfect melodies and re- seasons them with delicious,contemporary styles. Everyone needs these great melodies whether they are original or with a celtic, latin or pop flare. Enjoy these sonic delights."
author of The Mozart Effect ®
Produced, Composed, Arranged, and Performed by John Lee Sanders
Engineered by Bruce Tambling,
Mastered by Tom Carr,
additional recording by Bruce Kaphan
Mozart's music arranged and adapted by John Lee Sanders
Original lyrics by Chris Caswell
Michael Spiro - percussion,
Ron E. Beck - drums,
Samba Ngo, electric guitar,
Shelley Phillips. Irish harp,
Dennis Murphy - bass,
Jeff Linsky, nylon string guitar, courtesy of Concord Records,
Irene Sazer - violin,
Paul VanWageningen - drums,
Bruce Kaphan, electric guitar,
Ruth Davies, upright bass,
Tom Poole - trumpet,
Todd Denmann,Uillian Pipes,
Irina Mikhailova, vocals,Courtesy of Well Tempered Productions
John Lee Sanders, vocals, piano, organ, keyboards, soprano sax, alto sax,
tenor sax, flute, penny whistle, and back cover painting
Photos by Gary Parker
John Lee Sanders Guest Lead Vocals along with
Lenny Pickett, Saturday Night Live Bandleader on the great Tenor Sax Solo
"I've been a huge Tower of Power Fan, since opening for them in Dallas in the early 1970s, I started arranging for horn soul and funk bands back in Louisiana in High School, after learning tenor sax in the high school marching band and jazz band, copying the charts from Blood Sweat and Tears, & Chicago. Of course being a tenor player, I was a huge Lenny Picket fan, and on a recent 2 week run in NYC, at the Carlyle Hotel, I got to hang with Lenny and the Saturday Night Live band at their 10 AM rehearsal, before the show that Saturday night, and of course the After party that lasted until 5 AM. It was a great honor to be the guest vocalist on the title track on this great CD, with so many Tower of Power alumni. " Since this CD, I've worked on many projects with Doc Kupka, he's a great supporter and inspiration.
This is the CD that started it all. Doc Kupka assembled an all-star band of former and current members of Tower of Power, along with other fine musicians and seven outstanding vocalists, including: Huey Lewis (Huey Lewis and the News); Bill Champlin (Sons of Champlin, Chicago); Mickey Thomas (Starship); Frank Biner; Glenn Walters; Emilio Castillo; and John Lee Sanders for this great project.
John Lee Sanders is also the featured vocalist on Doc Kupka's incredible album of classic songs, DOC GOES HOLLYWOOD.
The Strokeland Superband rhythm section created the reunion of Tower of Power's original drummer, David Garibaldi, with Tower's original (and present) bassist, Francis Rocco Prestia for the first time in 17 years. This reunion eventually led to David Garibaldi's return to Tower of Power.
Joining Garibaldi and Prestia are Jimmy Pugh on Hammond B-3 and Jeff Tamelier on lead guitar. Pugh performs regularly with Robert Cray's band. Tamelier is a veteran of Starship, Cold Blood and Pacific Brass and Electric and spent nine years from 1997 to 2006 as lead guitarist with Tower of Power.
Joining 'Doc' in the horn section are other fabulous players such as: Lenny Pickett, Mic Gillette, Marvin McFadden, David Stone, Johnny Bamont, Bill Churchville and David Woodford. Recorded at Nacnud Sound in Lodi, CA and mixed by Rick Duncan, this CD has a classic sound that Strokeland fans love.
Doc considers this one of his personal favorites. Check it out and kick it up a step!
John Lee Sanders, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals
BUMPED UP TO FIRST CLASS is a collection of twelve hot new funk and soul tunes presented by STEPHEN 'DOC' KUPKA and featuring the STROKELAND SUPERBAND, Produced by JEFF TAMELIER and DOC KUPKA with Executive Producer CHUCK HANSEN.
An amazing collection of musicians and vocalists are featured on this latest Strokeland Superband release. With lead vocals by HUEY LEWIS, EDGAR WINTER, LYDIA PENSE, MIKE FINNIGAN, JOHN LEE SANDERS, ALEX LIGERTWOOD, FRED ROSS, and the late FRANK BINER, these tunes will delight any die-hard Strokeland fan.
None other than the great LENNY PICKETT plays all the sax solos on the cd, backed by an incredibly great sounding horn section featuring MIC GILLETTE, LEE THORNBURG, DAVID WOODFORD, CHUCK HANSEN, and of course, STEPHEN KUPKA, the FUNKY DOCTOR himself.
A stellar rhythm section including DAVID GARIBALDI, FRANCIS ROCCO PRESTIA, CHESTER THOMPSON, MIKE FINNIGAN, JEFF TAMELIER, BOBBY VEGA, RON E BECK, MICK MESTEK and more lays down the grooves. JOHNNY LEE SCHELL and JEFF TAMELIER handled the engineering and mixing.
A House of Hansen and Strokeland Records production, Bumped Up to First Class will have you groovin' like you haven't grooved in a long time.
Don't Look Back 2015
John Lee Sanders, Guest lead vocal and tenor sax
Brent and I were part of the great Texas California Group, Uncle Rainbow, We were one of the top bands in Dallas and Northern California form 1977-`981
Upon our breakup, Brent formed Bourgeois Tagg.
He asked me to do a guest vocal on the title Track on his latest release, in 2015, along with some stellar guest artists, including the son from John Lennon, Julian Lennon.
Brent Bourgeois began performing on piano in Dallas clubs when he was only 13. He moved to California five years later with friend Larry Tagg and in 1984 formed the pop band Bourgeois Tagg with drummer Rick Walker and guitarist Lyle Workman. The group released a self-titled album in 1986 and Yoyo in 1987 (produced by Todd Rundgren). The single "Mutual Surrender (What a Wonderful World)" reached the charts in 1986, and the following year "I Don't Mind at All" hit the Top 40. Bourgeois Tagg's future looked bright, but Brent Bourgeois became addicted to drugs and alcohol. When drinking buddy Charlie Peacock began going to church, he followed and became a Christian soon after. Problems in the band were then magnified by Bourgeois' lyrical tendencies toward Christianity, and the band broke up. Brent Bourgeois recorded an eponymous album for Charisma in 1990, and hit number 32 in the pop charts with "Dare to Fall in Love." An album for Capitol followed, but he decided to join a Christian Contemporary label, Reunion Records. His first religious album, Come Join the Living World, was released in 1995 and produced by Bourgeois with Charlie Peacock. ~ John Bush
My Favorite CD of 2012
I met John at the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival in British Columbia, August 2010.
After my set at the Festival the Promotor paired John Németh and I for a special Jam session, on the blues Stage. He tore the place up, and a few years later asked me to be part of his live Blues CD, live at the Poor House Bistro, in San Jose, my favorite venue in the Bay Area, In 2011, I had just overcome cancer, and this was one of my first gigs, after taking a year off, n 2013, Németh, and this CD was nominated in five categories for a Blues Music Award. These included 'B.B. King Entertainer', 'Contemporary Blues Album', 'Instrumentalist - Harmonica', 'Soul Blues Album', and 'Soul Blues Male Artist'.
John Nemeth, does a guest appearance on Harmonica on my
"Mo Folks Blues Band, Cd"
Doc Kupka Presents Doc Goes Hollywood
Featuring John Lee Sanders & The William Ross Orchestra
Long-time Strokeland Superband member John Lee Sanders turns in a masterful performance on lead vocals in this setting. In addition to his tasteful and soulful lead vocals, John Lee also arranged and performed all of the background vocals himself.
These are some of the best vocal arrangements you’re likely to hear anywhere.
Best known as a founding member of the legendary Oakland, California horn band Tower of Power and a prodigious songwriter, Stephen “Doc” Kupka has once again pulled together the best of the best for this, his latest Strokeland Records release. This release, however, is a major departure from Doc’s trademark East Bay Soul or “snap funk” style. A personal dream of Doc’s for over twenty years, Doc Goes Hollywood is a collection of lush ballads in a modern “Great American Songbook” style.
In the style of the great classic American songwriters, these are finely-crafted songs where melody is king and every lyrical turn of phrase has been lovingly crafted to be the best it can be. Written, performed, and engineered to stand the test of time, these songs exude true musical and emotional depth.
Doc Kupka called on his friend and “A-list” Hollywood composer, arranger, and music director, William Ross, to provide full orchestral arrangements. Mr. Ross (whose credits also include Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé, and top Hollywood films such as “Ladder 49”, “Forrest Gump”, and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”) delivered arrangements that are simply stunning.
William Ross was Music Director for the 2007-2017 Academy Awards, Mr. Ross conducted the William Ross Orchestra through these beautiful arrangements at the Robert Irving Studio in California. Full string, woodwind, and brass sections provide a depth and emotional presence that today’s synthesizers and samples simply cannot match.
Tower of Power drummer, David Garibaldi; bassist Leland Sklar (James Taylor, Phil Collins); pianist Chris Caswell (John Williams); and jazz guitarist Ray Obiedo comprised the all-star rhythm section, with additional guitar parts by former Inner City Records artist Ray Wilkes, and additional keys by Robert Irving.
Tower of Power alums Mic Gillette and Lee Thornburg, along with David Woodford, Nick Lane, Paul Colicchio, and the Funky Doctor himself, Stephen Kupka, provided the world-class horns.
Mixed by fifteen-time Grammy-winning engineer and producer Al Schmitt (Ray Charles, Diana Krall, Steely Dan) at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, Doc Goes Hollywood has a lush, warm sound that perfectly fits the finely-crafted melodies, lyrics, and arrangements. Ron McMaster of Capitol Mastering added the final sheen with the result being a truly world-class production.
If you want to hear beautiful, enduring songs, performed and recorded by world-class masters of their craft, give this release a listen. Produced by Stephen "Doc" Kupka and William Ross, and Executive Producer Chuck Hansen (House of Hansen Productions, LLC), Doc Goes Hollywood is simply great, timeless music that will touch your heart.