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Claim to Fame
Grammy awards for Voyeur (1982), Double Vision (1986) and the instrumental album Close Up (1988).
Soul Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Contemporary Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Fusion, Neo-Bop, Progressive Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Saxophone Jazz
Sophisticated, Stylish, Amiable/Good-Natured, Bright, Slick, Warm, Earnest, Literate, Exuberant, Earthy, Organic, Cheerful, Witty, Provocative, Rousing, Playful, Passionate, Street-Smart, Freewheeling, Energetic, Gritty, Sax (Alto)
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David Sanborn (born July 30, 1945) is an American alto saxophonist. Though Sanborn has worked in many genres, his solo recordings typically blend jazz with instrumental pop and R&B. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school.
One of the most commercially successful American saxophonists to earn prominence since the 80's, Sanborn is often identified with radio-friendly smooth jazz. However, Sanborn has expressed a disinclination for both the genre itself and his association with it.
He has been a highly regarded session player since the late 1960's, playing with an array of well-known artists, such as Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Jaco Pastorius, the Brecker Brothers, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Little Feat, Bob James, James Taylor, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Joe Beck, Donny Hathaway, Elton John, Gil Evans, Carly Simon, Guru, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, Roger Waters, Steely Dan, Ween, The Eagles, the German group Nena, and Japanese pop star Utada Hikaru.
Sanborn has won numerous awards including Grammy awards for Voyeur (1982), Double Vision (1986) and the instrumental album Close Up (1988). In television, Sanborn is well-known for his sax solo in the theme song for the NBC hit drama L.A. Law. He has also done some film scoring for films such as Lethal Weapon and Scrooged. In 1991 Sanborn recorded Another Hand, which the All Music Guide to Jazz described as a "return by Sanborn to his real, true love: unadorned (or only partly adorned) jazz" that "balanced the scales" against his smooth jazz material. The album, produced by Hal Willner, featured musicians from outside the smooth jazz scene, such as Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, and Marc Ribot. His more recent albums include Closer.
In 1994 Sanborn appeared in A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who, also known as Daltrey Sings Townshend. This was a two-night concert at Carnegie Hall produced by Roger Daltrey of English rock band The Who in celebration of his fiftieth birthday. In 1994 a CD and a VHS video were issued, and in 1998 a DVD was released.
In 1995 he performed in The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True a musical performance of the popular story at Lincoln Center to benefit the Children's Defense Fund. The performance was originally broadcast on Turner Network Television (TNT), and issued on CD and video in 1996.
Sanborn has done both radio and television broadcasting. Since the late 1980s he has been a regular guest member of Paul Shaffer's band on Late Night with David Letterman. From 1988-89, he co-hosted a late-night TV music show on NBC with Jools Holland. The show, Night Music, following producer Hal Willner's eclectic approach, drew Sanborn together with many famed musicians, such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Lou Reed, Santana, Youssou N'dour, Pere Ubu, Loudon Wainwright III, Mary Margaret O'Hara, and Curtis Mayfield. During the 1980's and 1990's, Sanborn hosted a syndicated radio program, The Jazz Show with David Sanborn. He also recorded the theme song as well as several other songs for The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder.
More recent activities
In 2004, Sanborn was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame. In 2006, he was featured in Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band's most recent album The Phat Pack (released on June 13) on the track "Play That Funky Music", a remake of the Wild Cherry hit in a big band style. Sanborn is also known to go to Japan's Blue Note live stages in Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo. He plays on the song "Your Party" off of Ween's 2007 release La Cucaracha. On April 8th 2007, Sanborn sat in with the Allman Brothers Band during their annual run at the Beacon Theater in NYC.
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David William Sanborn
David Sanborn (born July 30, 1945) is an American alto saxophonist. Though Sanborn has worked in many genres, his solo recordings typically blend jazz with instrumental pop and R&B. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school. Sanborn has also worked extensively as a session musician, notably on David Bowie's Young Americans (1975).
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Jazz, jazz fusion, rock, R&B, pop, funk
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