Rebecca Sanborn
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Rebecca Sanborn

Band Jazz Singer/Songwriter


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"Randy's review"

"Rebecca is extremely creative, intelligent and a gifted performer. Her music is beautiful yet harmonically bold and texturally fascinating. Her lyrics are deep in imagery and tell wonderfully compelling stories"

--Randy Porter
World Renowned Jazz Pianist & Arranger - Randy Porter

"Jane's Review"

"Haunting, original voice"

--Jane Siberry (private email to rebecca) - Jane Siberry (Canadian music legend)

"Powerful and Poignant"

"Rebecca Sanborn plays hushed, minor key ballads...powerful and poignant"

--Stan Hall - The Oregonian


Rebecca Sanborn : Ballads & Namesakes

Rebecca Sanborn : Odd Things From the Kitchen Drawer--Advance Single



Rebecca Sanborn
was fortunate enough to grow up in a home with a piano. She began taking private lessons, and subsequently strayed from classical practice to improvise and compose at the age of 5. Being active in many arts, she chose to continue her studies at The College of Santa Fe in New Mexico. There she expanded her musical outlet to compose scores for a stylistically diverse range of student films, including Science Fiction, Horror, and even a documentary on early on-set Alzheimer’s. While studying dance in New Mexico, Rebecca also had the opportunity to study closely with Juanita Barry, long time personal demonstrator for the Martha Graham Dance Company.

After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, she returned to her hometown of Portland Oregon to pursue music and performance. In Portland, Rebecca met jazz drummer Ji Tanzer and the two formed a personal and musical alliance. Touring twice a year since 2006, they have performed Rebecca’s music at both festivals and concerts throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and California.

Rebecca's first full length record, "Ballads & Namesakes", documented five years and 6 months of the creative process. In August of 2000 Rebecca and Ji recorded 3 songs at legendary jazz pianist Randy Porter’s Heavywood studios. In demo version, they released these 3 songs as an EP entitled “Gratitude”. Shortly after completing “Gratitude” Rebecca began to have an artistic vision for her full-length album and once again called upon Randy to help arrange some of her songs. Around five years later—horrible jobs, lost loved ones, carefully selected musicians, gained loved ones, and nearly every ounce of money they had—and the vision was complete. What they had finally finished was “Ballads & Namesakes”, a unique blend of jazz, classical, and folk in a grand scale production of horns, strings, voice, and rhythm section.

Rebecca is now in the studio recording her second full-length album entitled, "Odd Things From the Kitchen Drawer". The release date is set for February of 2008.