JazzTimes is honored to premiere the first episode of Sanborn Sessions, a new music video series hosted by veteran alto saxophonist and six-time Grammy Award winner David Sanborn. His special guest for this episode—which, like every episode to come, features a mix of performance footage and informal conversations with a wide range of artists—is singer and keyboardist Kandace Springs, who sits in with the show’s crack house band (guitarist Jon Herington, keyboardist Andy Ezrin, bassist Ben Williams, drummer Nate Smith, and backing vocalist Alice Soyer) and pairs with Sanborn for an ear-catching duo take on Duke Ellington’s “Solitude.”
Sponsored by the musical-equipment retailer Sweetwater, Sanborn Sessions harks back to Night Music, the wildly eclectic NBC-TV program that the saxophonist co-hosted from 1988 to 1990. But this time the vibe is cozier and more relaxed—not surprising, as the show was produced in Sanborn’s home studio.
Future episodes, which will also be available on the series website and the Sanborn Sessions YouTube channel, feature multi-instrumentalist/producer Terrace Martin, guitarist Charlie Hunter, keyboardist Bob James, singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke, and vocalists Michael McDonald, Brian Owens, and Cyrille Aimée. Some of the performances on the show will also be issued for individual consumption across digital audio platforms.
For more information about Sanborn Sessions, visit sanbornsessions.com.