Fredrick Sanders

Adjunct Faculty
Cedar Valley College
Courses: Applied Piano, Accompanist for Vocal Ensemble

Jazz musician Fredrick is the quintessential present-day jazz pianist, well-versed in modern jazz styles from New Orleans Trad to Swing, Bop and Free. He began studying classical cello at age 10, winning several awards for outstanding performances.

Mr. Sanders received his early jazz education at Arts Magnet High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. He was recognized as Downbeat Outstanding Instrumentalist for Cello and was named High School Arranger of the Year for his arrangement of Dan Haerle's “Crib Chimp.”  After high school, he served as sideman for jazz greats such as Clark Terry, David “Fathead” Newman and James Clay.

He opened for Shirley Horn at the Caravan of Dreams in Fort Worth and studied under the world-renowned avant-garde clarinetist Alvin Batiste; he can be heard on his CD entitled “Late.” Mr. Sanders earned an Associate in Arts degree from Weatherford College in Weatherford, Texas, and Bachelor of Music degree from Texas State University in San Marcos. For more than two decades, he has been nationally and internationally recognized for his accomplishments as a performer, composer and educator. He performs at jazz festivals held worldwide and has appeared with such artists as Erykah Badu, Frank Foster, Benny Golson and Roy Hargrove.

In recent years he has been commissioned by Wynton Marsalis to accompany and record with Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra on piano. He has recorded with notable artist such as Norah Jones, David Newman and Dr. John.