The talented artist was born in Florida in 1945. In his early years, Sanborn became a victim of polio and as a treatment therapy was recommended to play the saxophone in order to strengthen his weakened chest. As he entered high school, playing the saxophone had become a passion for him. By the time he was 14, his well-practiced hobby led him to play with the legends like Albert King and Little Milton. He pursued his musical interests in the University of Iowa and later on joined the band Butterfield Blues.
Sanborn early on in his musical career showed an inclination towards soul-Jazz. Ultimately he adopted the alto saxophone as his main instrument and carried on with jazz, while retaining interest in pop as well. He went on to feature with some great musicians which emboldened his steps into the musical industry. During the late 1960s, he earned the reputation of a great session player, playing with an array of distinguished artists, such as, Eric Clapton, Cat Stevens, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and the Eagles.
By the 1970s, David Sanborn had received widespread acclaim not only as an inventive jazz instrumentalist but also as a pop and rock session player. He established his name in the field with the release of his very first album, ‘Taking Off’ that came out in 1975. Sanborn was signed up with Warner Brothers at that time and went on to release some noticeable albums with them, such as ‘Heart to Heart’ and ‘Voyeur’ before signing with Elektra. The veteran’s music has played a pivotal role in shaping modern instrumental pop and contemporary jazz. His panache for adding versatility and virtuosity makes him the master of the saxophone.
David Sanborn expanded his résumé to include scoring for films and dramas as well. He gave the music for Lethal Weapon, Scrooged and Psycho III while his sax solo featured in NBC’s L.A Law’s theme. Sanborn hosted television shows as well. He was the host of Night Music from 1988 to 1990; its purpose was to pay tribute to jazz legends like Billie Holiday, Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk to name a few. It also included jams by popular artists who were given the unique opportunity to play together . Apart from this, he has hosted the "After New Year's Eve" TV special on ABC.
Sanborn describes his musical philosophy in the following words, "It’s kind of like arranging the furniture in a room; you try to set things up so that there's a certain ambience. You paint the walls a certain color and you choose a certain kind of rug, with the intention of creating this little world that you want to be in, and hopefully other people will want to inhabit that world as well. And if you do it right, you forget about the components and the process, and it becomes about the experience."
His more recent albums include ‘Closer’. The longest track on the album lasts for six minutes. According to David Sanborn he knew exactly what he was aiming for and what the record was all about. To make sure the supporting band got a gist of what he wanted, he played the instruments himself, giving an idea of the chords and tempo.
In his career span of three-and-a-half decade, Sanborn has to his credits to have done 24 albums; out of which eight have gone on to become gold albums and one has become a platinum album. Already he has won six Grammy’s and promises to get many more.
He has been busy performing at different places. The time is right to get your David Sanborn tickets
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