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David Sanborn Electric Band    
@August Wilson Center

Friday, June 16th, 2017 7:00 PM


David Sandborn has  released  25  albums,  won  six  Grammy  
Awards,  and  has  had  eight  Gold  albums  and  one  Platinum  album.  Having  inspired  countless  other  musicians,  Sanborn  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 high school when he was inspired by the great Chicago blues artists near his hometown of St. Louis.

Having contracted polio at the age of three, Sanborn was introduced to the saxophone  as  part  of  his  treatment  therapy.  By  the  age  of  14,  he  was  able  to  play  with  legends  such  as  Albert  King  and  Little  Milton.  Sanborn  went  on  to  study  music  at  Northwestern  University  before  transferring  to  the  University of Iowa where he played and studied with the great saxophonist JR Monterose.

In his four decade career, Sanborn has been an artist who pushes the limits and continues to make music that challenges the mind and connects
to the heart.

Later traveling to California on the advice of a friend, he joined the Butterfield Blues  Band  and  played  Woodstock  with  Paul  Butterfield.  Following  that, Sanborn  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  famoussolo  heard  on  “Young  Americans.”  At  the same time, Sanborn was touring and recording with the great Gil Evans, dividing  his  time  between  the  two.  After  moving  to  New  York  City  and  
studying  with  George  Coleman,  Sanborn  started  his  solo  career  where  he  later collaborated with such artists as Paul Simon and James Taylor.Sanborn’s  solo  release  of  Taking  Off in  1975—still  considered  a  classic—further solidified his career. His 1979 release of
Hideaway became a popular hit and further propelled Sanborn’s ascent with the single “Seduction” being featured  in  the  movie  American  Gigolo.

The  single  “All  I  Need Is You” won Sanborn his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance.  In  1983,  Sanborn  released  the  hit  album  Backstreet that  included  Luther  Vandross  as  a featured  guest  vocalist.  Later  albums  have  included guest artists such as Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, Charlie Hayden, Wallace Roney, Kenny Barron, Christian McBride, and Eric Clapton.

Moving onto television, Sanborn 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 banter and memorable music jams by a remarkable list of musicians including Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Joe Sample, Pharoah Sanders, and many others. Additionally, Sanbornhas regularly hosted the After New Year’s Eve TV special on ABC. During the 1980s and 1990s, Sanborn hosted a  syndicated  radio  program,  
The  Jazz  Show  with  David  Sanborn.

Sanborn  has also recorded many shows’ theme songs as well as several other songs for The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder

Sanborn’s most recent album is 2015’s Time and the River.
In his four decade career, Sanborn has been an artist who pushes the limits and continues to make music that challenges the mind and connects to the heart.

David Sanborn Electric Band    
August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA
Friday 6/16/2017 7:00 PM    
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