David Sanborn, the Grammy-winning saxophonist whose expressive versatility throughout jazz and pop additionally made him a sought-after session participant for tracks similar to David Bowie’s Younger People, has died aged 78.

A message on social media acknowledged he died from “an prolonged battle with prostate most cancers with issues. Mr Sanborn had been coping with prostate most cancers since 2018, however had been in a position to keep his regular schedule of live shows till only in the near past. Certainly he already had live shows scheduled into 2025.”

Born in Florida in 1945 and raised in Missouri, Sanborn suffered from polio as a baby and a health care provider steered taking part in the saxophone to assist the strengthening of his chest. Sanborn studied music at college and was grounded within the blues, becoming a member of the Butterfield Blues Band and showing at Woodstock pageant with them.

Sanborn started selecting up session work with a collection of Nineteen Seventies stars. He performed the debonair but untamed solo on Younger People as David Bowie sought to maneuver into funk and R&B, with Sanborn later remembering: “There was no lead guitar, so I performed the function of lead guitar. I used to be throughout that document.” Sanborn additionally performed dwell with Bowie, and may be heard on the traditional David Reside album in 1974, together with on flute.

He additionally performed with Stevie Surprise, Elton John, BB King, Chaka Khan, Paul Simon, Todd Rundgren and extra in the course of the decade, and performed on Bruce Springsteen’s track Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out. In 1974, he appeared on two back-to-back album recordings with James Brown, and he was a daily fixture in jazz bandleader Gil Evans’ ensembles that decade, in addition to doing 4 albums with each Carly Simon and James Taylor.

Within the Nineteen Eighties his solo profession took off with a collection of albums that blended the smoother aspect of jazz with R&B, together with with visitor vocalists similar to Luther Vandross. His sixth solo album Voyeur, in 1981, was the primary of 5 successive No 1 hits on the US jazz album chart. 1981 additionally introduced his first Grammy win, with Sanborn finally incomes six wins from 16 nominations.

His sideman work continued with classes for the likes of Aretha Franklin (Aretha, 1980) and the Rolling Stones (Undercover, 1983). He additionally composed movie scores together with the three Deadly Weapon sequels, and collaborated with Jools Holland on eclectic US dwell music TV programme Evening Music, which hosted musicians from Sonic Youth to Sonny Rollins.

1991’s One other Hand demonstrated his jazz bona fides, with a backing group of Invoice Frisell, Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette and Marc Ribot. His solo albums continued to draw star company, similar to Sting, Eric Clapton and Joss Stone, and he maintained a gradual launch schedule till 2015.

He continued to tour lengthy past that: earlier this yr he suffered from stress fractures in his backbone, inflicting him to cancel a collection of dwell dates.


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