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David William Sanborn (born July 30, 1945) is an American alto saxophonist. Though Sanborn has worked in many genres, his solo recordings typically blend jazz with instrumental pop and R&B. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school.
|Birth name||David William Sanborn|
|Born|| (1945-07-30) July 30, 1945 (age 77)|
Tampa, Florida, United States
|Genres||Jazz, jazz fusion, blues rock, R&B, pop, blues|
|Instrument(s)||alto saxophone, piano|
|Labels||Verve, GRP, Rhino, Elektra, Warner Bros., Reprise|
One of the most commercially successful American saxophonists to earn prominence since the 1980s, Sanborn is described by critic Scott Yannow as "the most influential saxophonist on pop, R&B, and crossover players of the past 20 years." He is often identified with radio-friendly smooth jazz, but he has expressed a disinclination for the genre and his association with it.