July 30, 1945
He always seems to be around. When I hear the name David Sanborn, 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.
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.
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, "In his three-and-a-half decade career, Dave has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum album."
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!