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David Sanborn

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.

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