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David Sanborn

David Sanborn

David Sanborn, the renowned Grammy-winning saxophonist celebrated for his contributions to jazz and pop music, has passed away at the age of 78. His remarkable career spanned decades, leaving an indelible mark on the music industry.

David Sanborn

A statement on social media revealed that Sanborn succumbed to prostate cancer after an arduous battle with complications. Despite grappling with the illness since 2018, he continued to grace audiences with his music until recently, maintaining an active concert schedule that stretched into 2025. David Sanborn

Born in Florida in 1945 and raised in Missouri, Sanborn’s journey with music began as a therapeutic pursuit to combat the effects of polio in his childhood. Encouraged by a doctor to take up the saxophone to strengthen his chest, Sanborn delved deep into the world of music. He honed his skills studying music at university, rooted in the blues tradition, and embarked on a prolific career that saw him join the esteemed Butterfield Blues Band, even gracing the stage at the iconic Woodstock festival with them.

David Sanborn

Sanborn’s prowess as a session musician reached new heights throughout the 1970s, as he collaborated with a constellation of stars across various genres. His standout contribution on David Bowie’s “Young Americans,” where his suave yet fiery saxophone solo elevated the track, remains iconic. Reflecting on his role in the song’s creation, Sanborn recalled filling the void left by the absence of a lead guitar, showcasing his versatility and adaptability as a musician. David Sanborn

Beyond Bowie, Sanborn’s musical journey intertwined with luminaries such as Stevie Wonder, Elton John, BB King, Chaka Khan, Paul Simon, Todd Rundgren, and more. His eclectic range of collaborations underscored his ability to seamlessly blend into diverse musical landscapes. Notably, his flute embellishments on Bowie’s “David Live” album in 1974 added depth and texture to the live performances.

In addition to his work with rock and pop icons, Sanborn’s contributions extended to the realms of soul and jazz. He lent his talents to Bruce Springsteen’s “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” adding his signature touch to the Boss’s sound. Collaborations with legends like James Brown, Carly Simon, and James Taylor further solidified his status as a sought-after session player, showcasing his versatility and adaptability across musical genres. David Sanborn

In the 1980s, Sanborn’s solo career soared as he released a string of albums that seamlessly blended jazz with R&B, featuring collaborations with esteemed vocalists like Luther Vandross. His album “Voyeur,” released in 1981, marked the beginning of a remarkable streak of five consecutive chart-topping albums on the US jazz album chart. This period also saw Sanborn clinching his first Grammy win in 1981, the first of six victories among 16 nominations throughout his illustrious career.

Simultaneously, Sanborn continued his prolific session work, contributing to acclaimed albums such as Aretha Franklin’s “Aretha” in 1980 and the Rolling Stones’ “Undercover” in 1983. Additionally, he ventured into the realm of film scoring, composing music for the successful “Lethal Weapon” film series. Notably, his collaboration with Jools Holland on the innovative US music television program “Night Music” showcased his eclectic musical tastes, featuring a diverse array of artists from Sonic Youth to Sonny Rollins. David Sanborn

In 1991, Sanborn’s album “Another Hand” underscored his prowess in the jazz domain, featuring a stellar backing band comprised of luminaries like Bill Frisell, Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette, and Marc Ribot. Throughout the following years, his solo albums continued to attract star-studded collaborations, with artists such as Sting, Eric Clapton, and Joss Stone gracing his recordings.

Despite facing health challenges, including stress fractures in his spine earlier this year, Sanborn remained dedicated to his craft, continuing to tour and share his musical talents with audiences worldwide. His enduring commitment to music and his contributions to the industry will be remembered fondly by fans and peers alike. David Sanborn

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