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Blue Cranes


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Hailing from the fertile scene of Portland, Oregon, the Blue Cranes create music that is as invigorating as it is disarming. Working a thin line between improvisation and catchiness, Blue Cranes arrive at a unique place. They have found a way to make exploration seem like the most enjoyable process around.

“Consider the band a brainier kinfolk to the indie rock scene, and with influences from rock and other areas, but with a solid foundation in the vocabulary of jazz.” - JOSEF WOODARD (Santa Barbara News-Press)

The group, composed of Reed Wallsmith (alto saxophone), Joe Cunningham (tenor saxophone), Rebecca Sanborn (keyboards), Keith Brush (acoustic bass), and Ji Tanzer (drums), began working together as a quintet in 2007 (originally recording as a quartet in 2006). Since then, the band has begun to reap the rewards of collective articulation: a truly individual sound that depends on the contributions of each member.

Blue Cranes have performed at jazz, rock, punk and art festivals across the U.S. They have shared the stage with John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet, Tim
Berne’s Snakeoil, Wayne Horvitz’s Sweeter Than The Day, The Scott Amendola Trio, Portland Cello Project, Michael White, The Youngs, Thruster!, Cuong Vu, The Tiptons, and Mi Ami to name a few. The band has been featured on the nations top radio stations for creative music, including WNYC (New York), WWOZ (New Orleans), KEXP (Seattle), KMHD/KOPB/KBOO (Portland), and nationally syndicated radio including Livewire! and The Moth Radio Hour.


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