Jonathan Sanford was born in Baltimore, Maryland and started piano lessons at Unseld’s School at the age of six. He moved on to violin before deciding on the saxophone at age nine. Jonathan went on to study classical saxophone, under the tutelage of Dr. Frederick Hemke at Northwestern University, where he was also a member of the 1996 Big Ten Championship Football Team. While in school, he wrote an original musical as well as an experimental musical adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. He was a member of Chicago funk mainstay acts, Sweet Sweet Candy and Fly Williams, as a saxophonist and rapper, releasing albums with both bands. On the coattails of an appearance on General Hospital, Sanford made the move to Los Angeles, where he currently resides. He continued playing saxophones in local acts until he made the switch to electronic music and composition, writing and performing with the eclectic Mr. Tiny’s Electric Toy Band. Jonathan was a founding member of the new music group Collide, along with Third Coast Percussion member David Skidmore and concert pianist Jade Simmons. The group served as artist in residence at Georgia Tech, worked with a musical performing robot at Yale, and debuted a work from Princeton professor Dmitri Tymoczko.
In addition to his work with bands, Jonathan has shared the stage with legendary artists, Max Roach, Eddie Palmieri, Danilo Perez, and Bobby McFerrin. Today, Sanford is composing and producing music for television, film, and advertisements (Apple, Nike, Audi, Coke, and others) as well as producing records with independent pop artists. Most recently his music can be heard in the short film “The Homestay” by Priyanka Mattoo at Cannes Film Festival, May 2018.