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KPLU 88.5 Presents
David Sanborn Trio ft.
Joey DeFrancesco and
Gene Lake

Thu, Apr 3 -
Sun, Apr 6, 2014




Doors open at 5:30 PM each night.
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
$30.50 Free parking

KPLU 88.5 and the Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcome six-time Grammy winning saxman David Sanborn with special guests Joey DeFrancesco (Hammond B3) and Gene Lake (drums) for four nights. Show times Thursday and Sunday at 7:30p. Show times Friday and Saturday at 7:30p and 9:30p. Doors open at 5:30p each night.

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David Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum album. Having inspired countless other musicians, David has worked in many genres which typically blend instrumental pop, R&B and lately, more and more traditional jazz. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school when he was inspired by the great Chicago blues artists near his hometown of St. Louis. His most recent work is a collaboration with Bob James of Fourplay, Quartette Humaine (2103). It’s the first collaboration between James & Sanborn since their 1986 Platinum-Selling, GRAMMY® Award-Winning Album Double Vision. Quartette Humaine pays tribute to the late iconic pianist-composer David Brubeck, putting a prime spotlight on his work that featured alto saxophonist Paul Desmond.

Having contracted polio at the age of three, Dave was introduced to the saxophone as part of his treatment therapy. By the age of 14, he was able to play with legends such as Albert King and Little Milton. Dave went on to study music at Northwestern University before transferring to the University of Iowa where he played and studied with the great saxophonist JR Monterose. Later he joined the Butterfield Blues Band and played Woodstock with Paul Butterfield. Following that, Dave toured with Stevie Wonder, played with The Rolling Stones, and toured with David Bowie, with whom he recorded the famous solo heard on “Young Americans.” At the same time, Dave was touring and recording with the great Gil Evans, dividing his time between the two. After moving to New York City and studying with George Coleman, Dave started his solo career where he later collaborated with such artists as Paul Simon and James Taylor. In 1983, Dave released the hit album Backstreet that included Luther Vandross as a featured guest vocalist. Later albums have included guest artists such as Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, Christian McBride, and Eric Clapton.

Moving onto television, Dave hosted the show “Night Music” from 1988 to 1990. Produced by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, the show featured films of jazz legends like Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck and Billie Holiday, as well as banter and memorable music jams by a remarkable list of musicians including Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Joe Sample, Pharoah Sanders, and many others. Additionally, Dave has regularly hosted the "After New Year's Eve" TV special on ABC. During the ‘80s and ‘90s, Dave also hosted a syndicated radio program, The Jazz Show with David Sanborn. Dave is an artist who pushes the limits and continues to make music that challenges the mind and goes “Straight to The Heart.”

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