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DAVID SANBORN (article first published : 2004-10-28)

Following the massive success of last month’s Jazz festivals, Big Concerts and T-Musicman have announced the South African tour of legendary jazz saxophonist David Sanborn.

Presented by Telkom and Metro FM, the tour kicks off on November 3 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, then moves to Durban on November 5 at the Durban Exhibition Centre and heads up to Carnival City on the East Rand on the November 6.

David Sanborn has been the most influential saxophonist on pop, R&B, and crossover players of the past 20 years. His greatest contributions to music have been his passionate sound and his emotional interpretations of melodies, which generally uplift any record he is on. Sanborn has a professional recording career spanning almost three decades that encapsulates six Grammy awards and over 20 albums.

Sanborn began his musical career as a teen-age sideman, playing on the burgeoning jazz and R&B club circuit in his native St Louis and became a skilled alto saxophonist despite battling polio in his youth. As a music student, Sanborn joined the influential Paul Butterfield Blues Band in 1967, and remained with the group for four years, performing with them at Woodstock.

He subsequently worked on stage and in the studio with a variety of established artists including Stevie Wonder (for two years), David Bowie, Gil Evans, the Brecker Brothers, Paul Simon, the Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters and the Rolling Stones.

He began recording as a solo artist leader in the mid-'70s and although his first album Taking Off was released in 1975, it was his fifth album, the Grammy Award nominated Hideaway released in 1980 that was a breakthrough and remained on both the Urban Contemporary and Jazz charts for over a year. Following his Grammy Award winning album Voyeur, he went to Italy to record for the movie Stella Sulla Citta. The Italian production also featured Sanborn in his first-ever acting role.

For a couple years in the early '90s, Sanborn was host of the TV show Night Music, which had a very eclectic lineup of musicians, most of whom were given the unique opportunity to play together. At this time, he also hosted a radio show and had a cameo in the movie Scrooged starring Bill Murray. Then, in the late 90’s, he toured Europe as part of the Legends band with Eric Clapton, Steve Gadd, Marcus Miller, and Joe Sample.

David Sanborn’s South African performances will deliver his distinctive, instantly recognizable sound in a remarkable collection of tunes that showcase his enormous talent, and promises to leave music enthusiasts absolutely speechless!

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