Murl Allen Sanders, photo by Tim Rounds
Photo by Tim Rounds
MURL ALLEN SANDERS is a free-lance musician, composer, teacher and recording artist who has been active in the Seattle area music scene and across the United States, Canada, England and Japan for over thirty years. He performs and records regularly with his own bands, as a soloist, and with numerous bands in the Northwest.  Murl plays piano, accordion, Hammond B-3 organ, electronic keyboards, harmonica, sings, teaches and composes music. Murl has worked with such diverse artists as Chuck Berry, Etta James, Il Divo, Glenn Yarbrough, Leroy Bell, Lee Oskar, Merrilee Rush, Peter Duchin, The Von Trapp Children, Theodore Bikel, Leslie Gore, Todd Simon, Barbara Lamb, Susan Pascal, Pearl Django, Alarm Will Sound, Michael Tomlinson and Kelly Harland, among many others.  He is in demand as a recording musician for film scores, advertisements and CD’s. Murl teaches privately and is also adjunct faculty at Cornish College of the Arts and Shoreline Community College in Seattle.  He  received a grant from the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs to write a piece for chorus and symphony orchestra which premiered May 2, 2010 with Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers.  He also received a grant from the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs in 2006 to compose and perform his Accordion Concerto No. 2.

Murl received a 2010 and 2009 ASCAP plus award for his concert compositions from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Murl Allen Sanders photo by Daniel Sheehan
Photo by Daniel Sheehan,,

Most recently, Murl was a featured artist for the renowned Earshot Jazz Festival 2012 in Seattle. He was a featured artist at the 2011 Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati California and the 2011 “Accordion Heroes” concert in Seattle.  In 2010 Murl performed for Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival with a quartet featuring saxophonist Warren Rand. He’s been performing his jazz-influenced orchestral compositions Accordion Concerto No. 1 with Cascade Symphony and Everett Symphony and Accordion Concerto No. 2 with Orchestra Seattle. Murl appeared at the Bellevue Jazz Festival in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He was also a featured artist and instructor at the Texas National Accordion convention in Dallas 2012 and at the Accordionists’ and Teacher’s Guild convention in Nashville, Tennessee in June 2008.

Murl’s latest CD is Stories of Lucile, alternative pop jazz with his quartet.  His other recordings include solo piano jazz New Romance and Doing All Right, Murl’s Holiday Favorites for solo accordion and small group, Soon with his legendary nine-piece band, Going Overboard, Can You Dance To It featuring his unique zyfusico accordion sound, and Accordion Concerto No.1 and Accordion Concerto No. 2 with Orchestra Seattle.

Accordion Concerto No. 2

Recent notable performances:

2014 Bellevue Jazz Festival
2014 International Pinot Festival, McMinnville, OR
2014 Concert for Rose City Accordion Club
2014 Silver Falls Accordion Camp
2014 Season opening gala parties Seattle Symphony

2013 Concerts in Rio De Janeiro, BR with Brazilian accordionist Chico Chagas

2013 Earshot Jazz Festival with Anthony DiLorenzo

2013 International Pinot Noir Festival McMinnville, OR with saxophonist Warren Rand

2013 Eastside Jazz Extravaganza

2013 Silver Falls Accordion Camp

2012 Earshot Jazz Festival
2012 National Accordion Convention,
Dallas, Texas
2012 Bellevue Jazz Festival
2012 Silver Falls, Oregon Accordion Camp
2012 Town Hall Seattle with Alarm Will Sound
2012 Paramount Theatre, Seattle with Il Divo
2011 Seattle Symphony “Untuxed” concert
2011 Cotati Accordion Festival
2011 Silver Falls Accordion Camp
2011 Bellevue Jazz Festival, Washington
2011 Accordion Heroes Concert, Seattle
2010 Earshot Jazz Festival
2010 Leavenworth International Accordion Festival
2010 Bellevue Jazz Festival
2009 Japan Tour with Terry Lauber and The Seattle Sound
2009 West Coast Tour with Glenn Yarbrough
2009 Silver Falls Accordion Camp
2008 Accordionists and Teachers Guild Convention, Nashville, Tennessee
2008 Cascade Symphony, Edmonds, Washington
2008 Everett Symphony, Everett, Washington
2007 Accordion Concerto No. 2 world premiere, Seattle, Washington