State of the Baritone

Anders Svanoe was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin and performs regularly with The Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Sextet and The Anders Svanoe trio and double trio.  Previously he has played with The Roscoe Mitchell Big Band, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, The Transatlantic Art Ensemble (Evan Parker/Roscoe Mitchell) and Greg Abate.

Upcoming Shows

April 17, 8-10 PM – Anders Svanoe Quartet – The Life and Music of Pepper Adams:  A Reading by Gary Carner and Concert by the Anders Svanoe Quartet @ Arts and Lit Lab, Madison WI

May 3 – Anders Svanoe Double Trio @ Arts and Lit Lab Jazz Festival, Madison WI

May 24, 8:00-11:00 PM – Anders Svanoe Double Trio @ Cafe Coda, Madison, WI

June 23 – Anders Svanoe Double Trio @ The Pursuit of Happiness/The Sessions at McPike Park, Madison, WI

Oct 27, 2 PM – Anders Svanoe Latin Jazz Quartet @ Middleton Glen, Middleton WI

January 25, 2020, 7:00-9:00 PM – Svanoe/Townsend/Zielinski Trio @ Acoustic Moose, Madison, WI

February 8, 2020, 8:00-11:00 PM – Anders Svanoe Latin Jazz Quartet @ Jazz Estate, Milwaukee, WI

Past Shows

April 13, 9 PMAnders Svanoe Trio @ The Jazz Estate, Milwaukee WI

April 5, 8 & 10 PMAnders Svanoe Trio @ The Jazz Showcase, Chicago IL

April 22, 8 PMAnders Svanoe Trio @ Cafe Coda, Madison WI

June 23, 7:00 PM – Anders Svanoe Trio opening for Roscoe Mitchell and Paal Nilssen-Love @ Trinity Lutheran Church, Madison WI

September 21, 7:30 and 9:30 PM – Anders Svanoe Trio @ Cafe Coda, Madison WI

Oct 8, 2 PM – Anders Svanoe Trio @ Middleton Glen, Middleton WI

October 28, 3-5 PM, 747 CD Release Party – Anders Svanoe Double Trio @ Arts and Lit Lab, Madison WI

Nov 30, 9 PM – Anders Svanoe Trio @ The Jazz Estate, Milwaukee WI

Dec 1, 7:30 PM – Anders Svanoe Trio @Arts and Lit Lab, Madison WI


Winner – Top 20, Tone Madison, 2016 + 2017

Best of the Year 2018 (Jazz/Instrumental), B-Side Records

Winner – Top 10, Kevin Lynch, 2017

“The improbable sleeper of the year is The State of the Baritone by Madison WI reed player Anders Svanoe, who rewarded producer-saxophonist Jon Irabagon’s faith in him, with an ambitious and conceptually lucid statement about the hulking horn’s ability to float like a butterfly and roar like a buffalo stampede, among other qualities.”


Kevin Lynch –


“On State of the Baritone Volume 3, the music here is anything but predicable and Svanoe writes memorable melodies, like the hard swinging bebop composition “Bird Strike” which would fit easily on a Pepper Adams recording.”


Mark Corroto – All About Jazz

“Exceptional saxophonist Jon Irabagon knows when he’s sighted a fellow virtuoso.”


“State of the Baritone 2 is a muscular session combining frequent groove propulsion and multiple tune sections, making a harmonious marriage between bebop and free blowing.”


Martin Longley – DownBeat

“Svanoe wrings grace, a broad tonal range, and stylistic diversity from a bulky wind instrument that most people encounter in only a supporting role.”


Scott Gordon

“We need people who can find their own source, within themselves, and create from there. This is the kind of people I want to be associated with, and Anders has got that. He’s an original, definitely.”


Roscoe Mitchell

“Svanoe presents originality within the now decades-old tradition of free improvisation – a welcome, promising, and especially inventive presence as the music finds a new audience.”


Neil Tesser, author of “The Playboy Guide to Jazz”

“Here’s a collection of compromises that includes some must-hear musical events…. “VII” is a bold baritone sax solo by Anders Svanoe.”


John Litweiler, author of “Ornette Coleman: A Harmolodic Life” – Chicago Sun-Times

Anders Svanoe’s extended baritone improvisation on “VII,” an ingenious statement that conjures the aural countenances of Harry Carney and Pat Patrick into a brilliant reduction.


Derek Taylor –

Anders is the biographer of saxophonist and composer Sonny Red. If you would like to learn more please visit his dedication site here.