Christian Winther Soul House – 4PM & 6PM

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Christian Winther Soul House – 4PM & 6PM

04:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Christian Winther Soul House

Christian Winther Soul House combines the sound of modern lyricism with swing, energy and engaging performance. The quartet performs original modern music rooted in the jazz tradition and creates a fresh sound that while steeped in the past has an eye to the future. CW4 features original compositions by the leader along with jazz standards arranged for the group.


Since moving to New Orleans in 1997 Danish born saxophonist Christian Winther has established himself as a in-demand saxophonist on the jazz scene through his strong 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 or recorded with include: Ali Jackson, Vincent Gardner, Herlin Riley,

Billy Drummond, Marcus Printup, Richard D. Johnson, Rodney Green, Rueben Rogers, Fredrick Sanders, Steve Masakowski.

Locally he has been featured with the bands of Shannon Powell, Wendell Brunious, Germaine Bazzle, Preservation Hall, Kermit Ruffins among others.

Winther’s latest recording is entitled “From The Sound Up” (2011). It features original compositions by Winther and an group comprised of Peter Martin – piano, Rueben Rogers – bass, Rodney Green – 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(Curious Cat Records). Following his debut CD Winther has to date released 4 recordings on the SteepleChase label, his label debut, “Blue Function” (2004), “The Only Plan” January (2006),  “Soul House” (2008) and “From The Sound Up” (2011).

Winther also participated in a 3 tenor tenor “jam session” recording with Gregory Tardy and Wayne Escoffery on Steeplechase jam session Vol. 21 – (2006).