A true inspiration
David Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum album. He has worked in many genres which typically blend instrumental pop, R&B and lately, more and more traditional jazz. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in highschool when he was inspired by the great Chicago blues artists near his hometown of St. Louis. Early in his career, he joined the Butterfield Blues Band and played Woodstock with Paul Butterfield. Following that, Dave toured with Stevie Wonder and recorded for Wonder’s Talking Book album, played with The Rolling Stones, and toured with David Bowie, with whom he recorded the famous solo heard on “Young Americans”. On television, Dave hosted the show Night Music from 1988 to 1990. Produced by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, the show featured films of jazz legends like Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck and Billie Holiday, as well as jams with musicians like Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Joe Sample, Pharoah Sanders, and many others. Additionally, Dave has regularly hosted the "After New Year's Eve" TV special on ABC. In 2017, Dave teamed up with his nephew and brother-in-law to create a new show called “Sanborn Sessions."
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