Sans Pagaie - Jazz Band - Saxophone, Piano, Bass, and Drums

To book the band CALL: 623-866-3810 or E-MAIL: LiveMusicGuy@Gmail.Com

Sans Pagaie

Sans Pagaie is a 4-piece jazz band - Saxophone, Piano, Bass, and Drums. The band plays instrumental music from Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Cole Porter, Charlie Parker, Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, Branford Marsalis, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Antonio Carlos Jobim, 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 Bar, and The Phoenix Art Museum.

Saxophonist Chris Benavidez

As a youth, Chris Benavidez won numerous awards for music including The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, 1st Chair - Tenor Saxophone at The All State Jazz Band (1998), The Lester D. Felton Scholarship for Music, and The Carpenter Family Scholarship for Jazz. In college, Chris worked extensively with the world renowned Bassist, Joel DiBartolo (Bassist for The Tonight Show Band under Doc Severinsen, The Buddy Rich Big Band, and Vocalist Carmen McRae). During this same time, Chris joined 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 that same time, Chris and other NAU (Northern Arizona University) graduates formed a new group. The band was a tribute to Composer/Bassist Charles Mingus. The name of the group was Pithecanthropus Erectus. The bombastic group included 4 or 5 horns and a rhythm section. All of the music was written by Charles Mingus. Currently, Chris is working with Sans Pagaie in Phoenix, Arizona. The band released their first album during the Fall of 2016.

Customer Reviews

"Sans Pagaie was perfect for our event. Stylish and Classy. Perfect Jazz Band."-- Wendy, Private Party, Phoenix, AZ

"Sans Pagaie gave me exactly what I desired for my event. They were just the right vibe, just the right volume and very low maintenance."-- Stephanie, Scottsdale, AZ

"Sans Pagaie was a wonderful addition to our Open House. We are very happy that we chose them to Celebrate our 30th year anniversary!"-- Laura, Paradise Valley, AZ


Booking The Band Direct - Bid Request (Price Request)

As a band, we know you need a group that sounds good, looks good, and is on-time for your event. When you book with us, all of the dates, times, payment instructions, and specific terms about band breaks are agreed to in-writing before you sign-up.


CALL CHRIS: 623-866-3810


E-MAIL CHRIS: LiveMusicGuy@Gmail.Com

Booking The Band On-line - Electronic Bid Request (On-line Price Request) - Gigmasters

Gigmasters.com is our on-line booking partner. Just fill out the 'Bid Request' form below. When we receive your Bid Request from Gigmasters.com, we'll send you a Bid Price Quote for your event. If the price is agreeable to you, then you can complete the booking at Gigmasters.com. The process is simple and automated.

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Experience Sans Pagaie For FREE Once A Month - 4th Mondays at The Lost Leaf Bar

If you'd like to experience the band live, we have a regular recurring free show, once a month, in Downtown Phoenix.

The show happens every 4th Monday from 9:30PM to 12:30AM at The Lost Leaf Bar in Downtown Phoenix.

The show is Free to the public. Ages 21 and older, because it's a bar.

Here's the address to The Lost Leaf Bar: 914 N. 5th St., Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Just for reference, these are upcoming Dates and Times for our FREE performances at The Lost Leaf:

Monday, April 24, 2017, 9:30PM to 12:30AM

Monday, May 22, 2017, 9:30PM to 12:30AM

Monday, June 26, 2017, 9:30PM to 12:30AM

Monday, July 24, 2017, 9:30PM to 12:30AM

Monday, August 28, 2017, 9:30PM to 12:30AM

Monday, September 25, 2017, 9:30PM to 12:30AM

Monday, October 30, 2017, 9:30PM to 12:30AM

Monday, November 27, 2017, 9:30PM to 12:30AM

- Monday, December 25, 2017 (NO SHOW/Christmas Holiday)

Monday, January 22, 2018, 9:30PM to 12:30AM

Monday, February 26, 2018, 9:30PM to 12:30AM

Monday, March 26, 2018, 9:30PM to 12:30AM