Playing the baritone saxophone and occasional alto, tenor and clarinet part, Anders got his start in music taking piano lessons, singing in church choirs and playing saxophone and piano in the public school bands. In 1991 Anders graduated from Luther College and in 1994 he completed his Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the mid 1990s Anders studied with Frank Morgan while Frank lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Frank taught me everything about the saxophone, especially the importance of sound. Another key component to Anders’ post-graduate education was his meetings with multi-instrumentalist and composer Roscoe Mitchell. Since 2001 Anders has played and recorded with Roscoe in various contexts ranging from duos to large ensembles.


As a member of the Transatlantic Art Ensemble, The Roscoe Mitchell Big Band, and a guest with Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory, Anders has performed with a “who’s-who” in the jazz/contemporary improvised music scene: Evan Parker, Corey Wilkes, Craig Taborn, Philipp Wachsmann, Jaribu Shahid, Barry Guy, Tani Tabbal, Paul Lytton, Vijay Iyer, Ari Brown, Mwata Bowden, Spencer Barefield, Gerald Cleaver and many others.


March 2020Tone Madison podcast with Scott Gordon.

DownBeat review of Solo Flight: State of the Baritone Volume 4.

April 2020WORT 89.9 FM interview and show hosted by Steve Braunginn.

May 2020-Neon Jazz KCXL (102.9 FM / 1140 AM) Kansas City, MO interview with Joe Dimino.

June 2020-Check out the NEW and expanded site and Leo Parker page!

May 2021-Gigs are back!  Check the gig schedule for a few live streamed events this month.

Solo Flight:  State of the Baritone Volume 4  is selected as one of the Year’s Top Rated Albums in DownBeat Magazine 2020!

MANTIS-a new band I’ve started with Brad Townsend on bass and Nick Zielinski on drums will release our new debut album MANTIS at the end of May.


May 21, 2021, 7:00-9:00 PM – MANTIS @ Audio for the Arts (Anders Svanoe, baritone saxophone; Brad Townsend, bass; Nick Zielinski, drums). Live Stream presented by Arts + Literature Laboratory, The Madison Arts Commission, The Wisconsin Arts Board and Dane Arts.  Watch through the Arts + Literature Laboratory Facebook or YouTube pages.  Madison, WI

May 30, 2021, 7:00-9:00 PM – Anders Svanoe Latin Jazz Quartet @ North Street Cabaret (Anders Svanoe, baritone saxophone; Francisco Martinez, drums; Arno Gonzalez, percussion; John Mesoloras, bass; Louka Patenaude, guitar). Live Stream presented by Madison Music Collective, Arts + Literature Laboratory and North Street Cabaret.  Watch through the Arts + Literature Laboratory Facebook or YouTube pages.  Madison, WI


4 StarsDownBeat 2020 Solo Flight

4.5 StarsAll About Jazz 2019 747 Queen of the Skies

Top 20Tone Madison 2019, 2017, 2016

Best of the Year– 2019, 2018 B-Side Records

Top 10– Kevin Lynch-2017

With the State of the Baritone series, the saxophonic underdog has been duly served and celebrated Josef Woodard – Downbeat

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

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…exceptional saxophonist Jon Irabagon knows when he’s sighted a fellow virtuoso Martin Longley – DownBeat

Some people see a baritone saxophone and think it an obtuse and blunt instrument. Not Anders Svanoe; he sees his baritone saxophone as a sharpened, yet subtle tool. Evidenced by State Of The Baritone Volume 2, he communicates everything from shuffling boogaloos to energized free-jazz, post-bop, and folk music with an uncanny naturalness Mark Corroto – All About Jazz

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

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

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

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