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Jazz Legend David Sanborn Passes Away at 78 After Battle with Cancer | VIDEOs

David Sanborn - via Facebook
David Sanborn – via Facebook

*David Sanborn, a revered American alto saxophonist known for his significant contributions to jazz, instrumental pop, and R&B music, has passed away at the age of 78.

Sanborn succumbed to complications related to prostate cancer on May 12, leaving behind a legacy marked by six Grammy Awards and numerous chart-topping albums.

Sanborn’s journey in music began in his youth when he took up the saxophone as part of his recovery from polio. His resilience and passion for music propelled him into a career that flourished in the 1970s, establishing him as a sought-after session musician.

He worked with a host of legendary artists such as David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, James Taylor, and the Rolling Stones. His solo projects also received acclaim, with albums like “Taking Off,” “Hideaway,” and “Backstreet” achieving significant commercial success.

Beyond his recording achievements, Sanborn was known for his soulful and piercing saxophone style that became a defining sound in both the jazz and pop music scenes. He also contributed to the music industry as a host and musical director for television shows like “Night Music” and “Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis.”


The announcement of his passing was made through Sanborn’s social media, expressing the deep loss felt by his family, friends, and fans around the world.

“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. Mr. Sanborn passed Sunday afternoon, May 12th, 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. 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.'”

David Sanborn’s death marks the end of an era for many music enthusiasts, but his influence and contributions will continue to resonate within the music world for generations to come.

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