Keith Sanford Live Loopstation Immage

People may know Keith Sanford as the mild-mannered Baylor psychology professor who studies romantic relationships. But when the muses beckon, he can transform into a jazz singer, keyboard player, drummer, or even live loop station performer. His jazz standards might fit the traditional romantic style of Frank Sinatra, whereas his live loop station performances are an eclectic mix of electronic jazz and classic rock.

He began playing drums and piano in the seventies growing up in Boulder, Colorado. In the early eighties, he moved to Hollywood California and attended a music school located on Hollywood Boulevard two blocks from the famous Chinese Theater. There, he studied techniques for playing drums in odd rhythmical time signatures with Ralph Humphrey, a former drummer for Frank Zappa. Subsequently, Keith played drums for several rock bands based out of the Los Angeles area. He also spent a few years touring the Western United States and Canada playing big-band style show music for several three-ring circuses. He got his singing debut at a circus performance in a stadium with tigers and elephants when the scheduled singer suddenly quit, someone needed to sing the closing song, and Keith was handed the microphone. In the nineties, he began expanding his musical repertoire, studying music theory and vocal performance at Los Angeles Valley College, and then later at Seattle Pacific University.

Then, for several years, Keith strayed from music into academics, getting a degree in clinical psychology from Michigan State University, launching a research program studying communication in married couples, and joining the faculty at Baylor University. But soon, music called him back once more, and he began writing and recording music in his home studio. His venture into loop station performance began in 2013, when he acquired a new five-channel loop station system that had just been released to the market. Now, he sometimes uses this novel, technology-based approach to live music. Other times, he simply sits at a piano and sings. But always, there is a distinctive rhythmical quality to his music that comes from his roots as a drummer.