Jeff began playing the clarinet at nine, alto sax in the seventh grade and teaching at fifteen. He enjoys a wonderful musical life filled with a great variety of genres, jazz, blues, classical, ethnic, rock, and terrific musicians from children and adult beginners to Stan Getz, Regina Carter, Tootie Heath, and symphony orchestras and big bands. He is considered by his peers to be an ace reader and “tune-monster”.
He has been playing in Europe, Cuba, the Caribbean, China and Vietnam. Currently Jeff is performing with his Cartoonjazz project, The Jeff Sanford Quartet, Castles and Concerts with Tom Montgomery, Metrosax, The Martini Brothers, The Golden Gate Park Band, The Frisky Frolics, Celia Ramsey, Dana Land, Patrice Haan, Tony Marcus, Leftover Dreams, Sylvia Herold, Carl Vast, and Joel Abramson Orchestras. Jeff teaches privately and has two big band classes weekly on the SF bay peninsula.