Saxophonist David Sanborn

Saxophonist David Sanborn

Saxophonist David Sanborn

[Sanborn from the movie, “Horn From the Heart”]

Happy birthday
July 30, 1945
Saxophonist David Sanborn

Not Woodstock

David Sanborn always seems to be around. When I hear his name, my first thought is when he sat in with Paul Shaffer on the Letterman Show. Then I remember taping his show on NBC, ” Night Music” (1988 to 1990) and watching musicians like Sanborn, talented but rarely seen on TV: Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Joe Sample, Pharoah Sanders, and many others.

Saxophonist David Sanborn

Really? Woodstock?

When I first started to volunteer at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts one of the projects I worked on was creating a list of all the performers at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. Who should appear with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band? David Sanborn, of course. Not sure why his appearance there surprised me, but it did. Here’s a video of the band that Monday morning (before Sha Na Na). Paul Butterfield is the main feature, but the movie’s producers snuck in Mr Sanborn about a minute into the video.

Saxophonist David Sanborn

Much much more

The list all of the music David Sanborn has made or helped make is a very long one. Luckily, All Music had taken care of that. Impressive as it is long.

You’ll need a Snickers.


Who were some of these people Sanborn played with?  Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Todd Rundgren, Bobby Charles, Roger Waters, Esther Phillips, James Brown, Ween, and over a hundred more.

As it says at his site, “David Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum. Having inspired countless other musicians, Dave has worked in many genres which typically blend instrumental pop, R&B and 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.”

Saxophonist David Sanborn

David Sanborn

David Sanborn was born in Tampa, Florida, but raised in Kirkwood, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Contracting polio at the age of three, he struggled with the disease for eight years. In its aftermath, he began to play saxophone on the advice of a doctor, who thought it would aid him in strengthening his chest muscles.

Not bad David. I guess your practice paid off. Nice job!

Saxophonist David Sanborn

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  1. i wonder if dave remembers me i am magic markie the owner of the headshop on the village green woodstock ny 1969 to 1976 i rember talking to him and paul butterfield rip albert grossman used to let me sound speakers for when i did tues disco night at the famous joyous lake in woodstock run by rom merian and velma i broke a guiness world record at rosa s cantina run by carl fischer for the longest playing dj july 4th to aug 7th can be verified by any guiness book dated from 1975 thru 1978

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