David Sanborn Clinic

Thursday / September 24, 2009 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States

David Sanborn suffered from polio in his youth, and began playing the saxophone on a physician's advice to strengthen his weakened chest muscles and improve his breathing. By the time he was 14, he was performing with blues musicians Albert King and Little Milton, a style he continued when he joined Paul Butterfield's band in 1967.

Although Sanborn is most associated with smooth jazz, he explored the edges of free jazz in his youth, studying with saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell and Julius Hemphill. In addition, he has been a highly regarded session player for 40 years, playing with an array of well-known artists including James Brown, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Paul Simon, and Stevie Wonder.

Sanborn has won numerous awards, including several Grammys. In television, he is well-known for his sax solo in the theme song for L.A. Law. He has also done scored films such as Lethal Weapon and Scrooged. Since the late 1980s he has been a regular guest member of Paul Shaffer's band on Late Night with David Letterman.