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David Sanborn, Grammy-winning saxophonist, dies at 78

Versatile Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist David Sanborn has died. He was 78.

“It is with sad and heavy hearts that we convey to you the loss of internationally renowned, 6-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist David Sanborn,” read a post on Sanborn’s Facebook page, adding he died Sunday afternoon “after an extended battle with prostate cancer with complications.

“Mr. Sanborn had been dealing with prostate cancer since 2018, but had been able to maintain his normal schedule of concerts until just recently,” the statement continued. “Indeed he already had concerts scheduled into 2025. David Sanborn was a seminal figure in contemporary pop and jazz music. It has been said that he ‘put the saxophone back into Rock ’n Roll.’”

Sanborn released a number of solo jazz records but is perhaps more known for his collaborations with others like David Bowie’s 1975 album “Young Americans” and several James Taylor hits, including “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You).”

He also recorded and toured with Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Carly Simon, Billy Joel, Steely Dan, James Brown, The Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, the Eagles and many others.

Sanborn grew up in St. Louis and was honored for his achievements in jazz by the city in March.

“I’m so glad I am alive to receive this,” the artist said at the time. “I am deeply grateful and amazingly honored to receive this award in my hometown of St. Louis.

“I have been able to find my way spiritually, creatively, emotionally – every way – through music. It opens doors you never imagine existed.”


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