CHRISTIAN WINTHER saxophonist | clarinetist | composer
Since moving to New Orleans in 1997 Danish born saxophonist and composer Christian Winther has established himself as a in-demand saxophonist on the jazz scene through his soulful versatile sound. His four recordings on the Steeplechase label have earned him critical acclaim from many national and international jazz publications. Winther has toured the US and europe as the leader of the Christian Winther Quartet and performed as a sideman with many New Orleans jazz groups.
Some of the musicians Winther has performed and/or recorded with include: Ali Jackson, Vincent Gardner, Shannon Powell, Herlin Riley, Billy Drummond, Marcus Printup, Richard D. Johnson, Rodney Green, Reuben Rogers, Fredrick Sanders, Germaine Bazzle, Preservation Hall among others.
Winther’s latest recording “Refuge In Sound” (2016) features all original compositions by the leader and a all-star group comprised of Allyn Johnson-piano, Mike Moreno-guitar, Reuben Rogers-bass and Billy Williams Jr.-drums.
Winther’s playing is strongly rooted in the jazz tradition, but he exerts a versatility that allows him to apply his sound to many varied musical situations. Winther notes: “being a musician in New Orleans, you are privileged to experience so much different music as part of everyday life, and you start to realize how you can draw from all those sources”. Offbeat magazine says of Winther – “While swinging is often at the forefront, a refreshing element is the ease of how Winther moves both to more free ranging realms, while he glances back to the musics tradition”.
Born In Denmark, saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Christian Winther was introduced to jazz by his fathers albums of jazz masters such as Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.
At the age of 11 Winther began playing the clarinet; Louis Armstrong was among his first influences.
Then Winther heard the music of Charlie Parker and John Coltrane and the saxophone seemed the logical next step. He studied with saxophonist Darryl Barber and attended the Skidmore Jazz Institute and was encouraged to continue his studies in jazz by the late legend Milt Hinton.
Winther studied at the University of New Orleans with Ellis Marsalis, Ed Petersen, Victor Goines, Steve Masakowski and Harold Battiste. While attending the University of New Orleans he performed with notable jazz names such as Frank Morgan, Ellis Marsalis, Alvin “Red” Tyler and Harold Battiste.
Christian Winther released his debut CD “Perspectives” in 2001. Following his debut Winther has recorded 4 CD’s on the SteepleChase label – “Blue Function” (2004), “The Only Plan” January (2006), “Soul House” (2008) “From The Sound Up” (2011) and his latest release “Refuge In Sound” (2016) on his own imprint, Sound Perspective Music.
Winther also participated in a 3 tenor tenor “jam session” recording with Gregory Tardy and Wayne Escoffery on Steeplechase jam session Vol. 21 – (2006).