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Saxophonist David Sanborn Dies, Age 78

Updated: May 16

Jazz lost a legend. David Sanborn passed away Sunday, May 12th at the age of 78. His career spanned more than six decades and included 25 albums and 6 Grammy awards.

David Sanborn's official Facebook page posted:

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.”

There has been an outpouring of love and condolences. Read what his fans and fellow musicians are saying here and here.

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