David Sanborn

Born Jul 30, 1945

David Sanborn 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).… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of David Sanborn.


1945 Birth Born on July 30, 1945.


1967 21 Years Old 1 More Event
He continued playing blues when he joined Paul Butterfield's band in 1967.


1991 45 Years Old …  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. … Read More
1994 48 Years Old In 1994 Sanborn appeared in A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who, also known as Daltrey Sings Townshend. … Read More
1995 49 Years Old 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. … Read More


2004 58 Years Old In 2004, Sanborn was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.


2006 60 Years Old In 2006, he was featured in Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band's album The Phat Pack on the track "Play That Funky Music", a remake of the Wild Cherry hit in a big band style. … Read More
2007 61 Years Old 1 More Event
He plays on the song "Your Party" on Ween's 2007 release La Cucaracha.
2010 64 Years Old In 2010, Sanborn toured primarily with a trio featuring jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco and Steve Gadd where they played the combination of blues and jazz from his album Only Everything.
2011 65 Years Old In 2011, Sanborn toured with keyboardist George Duke and bassist Marcus Miller as the group DMS. … Read More
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