David Sanborn

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One of the most influential saxophonists of the past 20 years, not only in jazz but also in pop and R&B, David Sanborn has an immediately recognizable sound and has never played a passionless note. Born in Tampa, Florida in 1945, he grew up in Kirkwood, Missouri. Sanborn was stricken with polio when quite young but started playing saxophone on his doctor’s advice to improve his breathing. Influenced by Hank Crawford’s sound, Sanborn started his career when he was 14, playing with Albert King and Little Milton. In 1967 he worked with Paul Butterfield, playing with the Butterfield Blues Band at Woodstock. Sanborn also played with David Bowie, the Brecker Brothers and Stevie Wonder, and his sound was admired by Gil Evans, who used him on several memorable occasions.

By the early 1970s, Sanborn was an extremely busy session player and through the years he has appeared on recordings with Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Little Feat, James Taylor, Donny Hathaway, Elton John, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, Steely Dan and the Eagles, among many others. In the jazz field, Sanborn worked with Bob James, Jaco Pastorius, Al Jarreau and George Benson, but most important was his string of solo recordings, beginning in the mid-1970s. Most of his recordings are quite funky, R&B-oriented and melodic. Sanborn has also made occasional departures, including Another Hand, his set of ballads (Pearls) with Johnny Mandel’s string orchestra, and a collaboration with avant-garde altoist Tim Berne in 1993 on an album featuring Julius Hemphill compositions (Diminutive Mysteries). In the late 1980s Sanborn co-hosted a now-legendary and very eclectic syndicated television music series called Night Music, which featured his favorites from many musical genres, often playing together.

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07/07/13    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Quartette Humaine
Bob James & David Sanborn

03/27/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Bob James & David Sanborn to Release New Collaboration, ‘Quartette Humaine’

01/10/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Sony Classical to Relaunch OKeh Records as Jazz Label

08/28/12    Video Log    By JazzTimes

David Sanborn: Looking Back

06/28/12    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

David Sanborn 2-Disc Anthology Due July 31

04/29/11    News    By Lee Mergner

George Duke, Marcus Miller & David Sanborn Set to Tour Together This Summer

08/20/10    Concerts    By Terry Perkins

David Sanborn at Jazz at the Bistro in St. Louis

05/10/10    News    By Aubrey Everett

2012 Smooth Jazz Cruise Lineup Announced

April 2010    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Only Everything
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April 2010    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Only Everything
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March 2010    Farewells    By David Sanborn

Hank Crawford

01/08/10    News    By Lee Mergner

New Album and Tour By David Sanborn

12/16/09    News    By Aubrey Everett

Headliners Announced for Miami’s Jazz in the Gardens

May 2009    DVDs    By Mike Joyce

Live at Montreux 1984
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12/12/08    Concerts    By Chris Walker

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival

November 2008    JT Notes    By Evan Haga

David Sanborn, Drum Legend

November 2008    Features    By Geoffrey Himes

David Sanborn: The Blues and the Abstract Truth

September 2008    Albums    By Jessica Webster Sendra

Here and Gone
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May 2006    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

Touch That Dial

April 2005    Albums    By John Murph

Closer
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April 2005    Albums    By John Murph

Closer
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June 2003    Albums    By Geoffrey Himes

Timeagain
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March 2001    At Home    By Jacques Lowe

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June 1999    Features    By Bill Milkowski

David Sandborn: Inside the Music

January/February 1997    Albums    By Patricia Myers

Songs from the Night Before
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Here and Gone

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Only Everything

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