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Tuesday September 04, 2018

From NewsOK

All that jazz and much more: Saxophone star David Sanborn continues to cross genres
By: Brandy McDonnell

Over the past six decades, star saxophonist David Sanborn has played Woodstock with bluesman Paul Butterfield, toured with Stevie Wonder and jazz innovator Gil Evans, collaborated with Paul Simon and James Taylor and recorded the famed solo on David Bowie’s “Young Americans,” all while releasing 25 albums of his own.

“I’ve been extraordinarily lucky, No. 1, that a lot of these situations have just kind of fallen into my lap as it were. I mean, I didn’t seek the gig with Bowie; as a matter of fact, I knew very little about him at the time. I don’t think many people in America really did unless you were a hard-core Bowie fan. … Michael Kamen, who Bowie had asked to be his musical director, was a friend of mine and Bowie was looking for a saxophone player or two, and he asked me to play,” Sanborn recalled. “I loved working with Bowie. He was an extraordinary man, an extraordinary artist. … With James Taylor, somebody just called me: A guy that was producing a record in New York was friends of the guy who was producing one of James’ records in L.A., they heard me and decided I was right for this couple of tunes they were doing on James’ record. Flew out there and did it and became friends with James, went on the road with him a couple of years, opened for his band a couple of times. So, a lot of this stuff that happened for me happened like that, kind of hearsay, luck, being in the right place at the right time. My story is full of things like that.”

The six-time Grammy Award winner known for his genre-crossing music will perform in concert Tuesday at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Mitchell Hall Theatre.

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