Joseph L. "Joe" Sanders (October 15, 1896, Thayer, Kansas - May 14, 1965, Kansas City, Missouri) was an American jazz pianist, singer, and bandleader associated with
jazz for most of his career.
Sanders was best known for co-leading the Coon-Sanders' Nighthawks along with Carleton Coon (1894–1932). The pair formed the group in 1920 in
Kansas City under the name
Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra, broadcast for the first time on radio the
following year, and became known as the Nighthawks because of their frequent
appearances on late-night radio. They recorded in Chicago
in 1924 and held a residency at the Blackhawk club in that city from 1926. The
ensemble toured as a Midwestern territory band, and after Coon's death Sanders
continued to lead the band under his own name.
Sanders worked mostly in
studios in the 1940s, and occasionally led performances at the Blackhawk once
again. He was a vocalist for the Kansas City Opera in the 1950s.
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Recorded in Chicago on December 17, 1935.