Sans Pagaie is a 4-piece jazz and funk band - Saxophone, Piano, Bass, and Drums. The band plays instrumental music from Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, and many more.
As a professional band we've played hundreds of weddings, parties, and events. Some of our customers are The NFL, The Boulders Resort, The Phoenician, Visa Card, The Phoenix Symphony, Chandler Jazz Festival, The Lost Leaf Gallery, and The Phoenix Art Museum.
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Saxophonist Chris Benavidez
In college, Chris Benavidez worked extensively with the world renowned Bassist, Joel DiBartolo (Bassist for The Tonight Show Band with Johnny Carson/Bassist for The Buddy Rich Big Band). During this same time, Chris was playing with the straight ahead jazz group, The Giant Steps Jazz Band. As a member of Giant Steps, Chris worked the bars and night clubs of Northern Arizona for about a decade (2002 to 2012). During the late 2000s/Early 2010s, Chris launched his first group as a leader, Pithecanthropus Erectus. The band was a tribute to Composer/Bassist Charles Mingus. The bombastic group included 4 or 5 horns and a rhythm section. All of the music was written and arranged by Charles Mingus. Currently, Chris is working with the Contemporary Jazz and Funk band, Sans Pagaie (www.sanspagaie.com), in Phoenix, Arizona. The band released their self entitled, first album, during the Fall of 2016.
- Saxophone - Piano - Bass - Drums