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 Kansas City 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' brother, Roy Sanders (National League pitcher), was a professional baseball player.
- John Chilton, Who's Who of Jazz.
- Colton/Kunstadt, "Encore: The Story of Coon-Sanders". Record Research 13 (1957), p. 3
- D.A. Johnson, "The Happy-go-lucky Sounds of Coon-Sanders Nighthawks". Mississippi Rag i/3 (1974), p. 7.