In California since 1985 this native New Yorker has captivated audiences on four continents and more than twenty countries. He has graced the stages of the world's most prestigious Jazz festivals, Night Clubs, and Concert Halls. From the Montreaux Jazz Festival to Carnegie Hall with the Village Vanguard in New York and the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles included in the many venues in which he has performed .
Leonard Feather considered by some the foremost Jazz authority in the world describes Theo in a Los Angeles Times review thusly.."A rhythm team composed of Theo Saunders on piano provided blistering support on the up tempos, with exemplary solos"...And Downbeat on a critique of Theo's " Three for All" CD states: "The real value of Saunder's writing, along with his playing, constitute the albums chief virtue"..Josef Woodward in the L.A. Times says of Saunders : "Pianist Saunders powers of interpretation and invention are forces to be reckoned with; On an average night he's provocative, on a good night he's mind bending.
I might add when Theo performs audiences are amazed at his remarkable facility and the torrent of notes that always fit the mood of the tune, every note and chord is perfect
Saunders wrote the musical score for Leonard Nimoy's " A Passionate Journey Into The Life Of Van Gogh" ..... He was musical director for singer-actress Lanie Kazan...He also was musical director of the play "Peace Child" in the United States and USSR.
Theo's biographical sketch appears in " People in Jazz-Jazz keyboard improvisors of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries".....And these are but a few of the vast accomplishments of this major talent. Some selected artists that he has performed with are: Freddie Hubbard, Charles Lloyd, Bob Brookmeyer, Harold Land, Buddy Collette, Chris Connor, Zoot Sims, Teddy Edwards, and many many others. There are three recordings as leader:
"Sueblue" (Discovery), "High Standards (Polydor), and "Three For All" (Blue Chip Jazz). He has been a sideman on many CD's ....If this isn't enough His diverse musical talents have been utilized as musical director for opera and dance productions, He has performed on PBS as a member of the "Jazz Tap Ensemble" (Pianist).
I would rank him right up there with the great keyboard artists of my time, and that my friends, has been quite some time.