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James Sanders

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Violinist James Sanders confidently crosses stylistic borders, yet stays true to both the jazz violin legacy and his rigorous classical training to create music that transcends category yet remains faithful to its multiple inspirations, which include his Caribbean heritage. He is a regular presence in Chicago’s creative music movement and has performed around the world, including major jazz festivals in Italy, Brazil, Poland, and Chicago. He leads the long-running Latin jazz group James Sanders’ Conjunto as well as Proyecto Libre, an ensemble that pulls equally from free improvisation and Afro-Caribbean traditions. He recently formed the Dark Matter String Band with bassist Christian Dillingham to interpret the tradition of African American acoustic string music in a contemporary context. His past projects include the Blue Violin Quartet, an exploration of the role of the violin in jazz.

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