Lorenzo Sanford is one of the most eclectic artists on the music scene today. As a drummer, he has performed with many celebrated artists; including Stevie Wonder, Abbey Lincoln, Peabo Bryson, Melba Moore, Jennifer Holiday and Lizz Wright. His work in musical theater includes performing under the helm of acclaimed Broadway director Kenny Leon, in Langston Hughes’ “Tambourines to Glory;” under the direction of Kent Gash, in “Five Guys Named Moe;” in the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre’s production of “Tick, Tick, Boom!” and in the workshop production of “Motown The Musical," the hit Broadway show written and produced by legendary Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jr. Lorenzo’s eclectic range extends to his singing as well. He performs in a variety of settings as a backup and a lead vocalist. He toured Europe as a backup vocalist with the Katie Graham Ensemble, singing traditional gospel, and toured with the musical “The Sam Cooke Story.” He also sings with a variety of groups in Atlanta, where he currently resides.

As a composer, Lorenzo holds a degree in music composition. His work "Beauty For Ashes," a composition for double quartet (string quartet and jazz quartet combined) received great acclaim as part of the grand opening concert for North Carolina’s Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. "Beauty for Ashes" was also featured in the Music of Spring concert at Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum and on other chamber music programs. For the past two years he has written choral music that has been featured in concerts for the renowned Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde.

Lorenzo is also an advocate of arts education. For seven years, with the group Life Force, he lectured and performed for Young Audiences of America; teaching school children of all ages the history and development of jazz. He was an assistant director of the Spelman College Jazz Ensemble, the only all female African-American jazz ensemble in the United States. He teaches percussion privately and for the Fulton County Department of Arts and Culture. He also teaches music theory and composition for the collaborative arts organization The Atlanta Music Festival. He created an innovative program fusing jazz and gospel music, a highly anticipated annual event at Providence Baptist Church, where he has been the principal drummer for over 25 years.

As a bandleader he has performed for many private, corporate, club and political events. He's been a featured performer for Warren Huntley Presents, Rivers Productions and others.

Lorenzo continues to navigate vast musical territory. His Carnegie Hall debut featured him as part of the Gary Motley Quartet, in an innovative concert with the Vega String Quartet, combining jazz and classical music. In a stint with The Mosier Brothers Band he was squarely in the mix of progressive blue grass. Lorenzo tours internationally as a guest artist and as the leader of his own group. In addition to his work with other artists, he is currently writing and producing a CD of original music that will feature an eclectic mix of his contemporary songs and vocals.

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