July 30, 1945
David William Sanborn was born in Tampa, Florida and raised in St. Louis, Missouri
David had polio when he was 3 years old, and therefore spent some time in an iron lung and was strongly encouraged to pick up a wind instrument as part of his physical therapy. He chose the alto saxophone because he was listening to that instrument on the radio a lot and identified with it most.
David backed up Albert King when his friend talked Albert into letting Dave come up on a song. In the same year, Little Milton came into town and David had the opportunity to play with him as well. There is a great online article written talking about this story. Later he got the opportunity to play with Gil Evans in local clubs before he was even out of High School. At the age of 18 he decided it was fate and went on to study music. "When I was 17 or 18", David says, "and it was time to figure out what to do with my life. I realized that I didn't enjoy anything as much as I enjoyed playing music. I felt that I had no choice, that I HAD to become a musician. Either that or stealing cars."
David studied at Northwestern University for one year under Fred Hemke (made Hemke reeds), then he attended the University of Iowa. David got married and had a child named Jonathan Sanborn. Since the birth of his son, all albums have been dedicated to Jonathan.
Encouraged by his friend who was in the Paul Butterfield Band, David went to San Francisco for a few weeks and ended up moving there. He subsequently joined the Paul Butterfield Band and recorded with them. David played at Woodstock with Paul Butterfield and sometimes retells the story at his live shows. It's a classic tale.
David separated from his wife at this time. He was playing with Stevie Wonder and on the road with David Bowie at the time. He went on the road with the Rolling Stones, The Brecker Brothers, and Gil Evans as well at this time.
David released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975. In the following years David would have to make a choice whether he wanted to be a sideman or a solo artist. Lucky for us he chose to become an Artist.
Breakthrough album Hideaway (1980), Grammy Winning Voyeur (1981), He went to Italy to record for the movie Stella Sulla Citta and ended up in the movie as well.
David received his second Grammy with the album "Double Vision" released in 1986 with Bob James. Lorne Michaels, (Executive producer of Saturday Night Live) started a TV show called Night Music and paired up David with Jools Holland. Other highlights he had at this time were a radio show in New York, and a cameo in the movie Scrooged starring Bill Murray.
Second marriage to jazz journalist Rikke Loyd. David also switched labels sort of, from Warner Brothers to Elektra Records. WEA is Warner/Elektra/Atlantic so he didn't really change labels only divisions. In 1995 he released the album "Pearls" which featured a full orchestra on tour with David, the album was featured in the Barbara Streisand and Jeff Bridges movie The Mirror Has Two Faces.
Toured in Europe as part of the Legends band with Eric Clapton, Steve Gadd, Marcus Miller, and Joe Sample. Release of the album "Songs From The Night Before" (Produced by longtime bandmate Ricky Peterson) and hosted the TV show After New Years Eve.
Hosted another After New Years Eve, release of the Grammy Winning album Inside. Extensive touring. Left Elektra and signed with the Verve Music Group. David separated from his second wife Rikki. The album "Essentials" was just released this past month and David is currently touring.
--- from the official David Sanborn website