San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
orn 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 program and was encouraged to continue his studies in jazz by the late legend Milt Hinton.
Since moving to New Orleans in 1997 Christian Winther has established himself as a in-demand saxophonist on the New Orleans 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. Jazz Times noted of Winther's release "Soul House" - "It marks his rise as another promising tenor saxophonist among the ranks of well schooled young jazz musicians". Winther has toured the US and europe as the leader of the Christian Winther Quartet and performed as a sideman with many New Orleans groups.