My favorite alto player David Sanborn was in town for three packed nights over at one of America’s best jazz spots; Yoshi’s, Oakland. We first crossed paths in 1968 when I was a seventeen year old music fan. David was part of the exciting Paul Butterfield’s Blues Band (that’s David in the flannel shirt behind the drummer in the Fender ad). Back then Paul’s new secret weapon was a horn section that included the young and talented saxman David Sanborn out of St. Louis. Just like that, Butterfield had beaten the Electric Flag, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Lighthouse, Tower of Power and Cold Blood to the horn-band thing.
On stage the other night with one great, hilarious story after another about the old SF days, Sanborn delivered a set full of surprises and favorites. Nothing seems to slow him down. David’s latest project with Bobby Hutcherson and Joey DeFrancesco is on the heels of his reunion release with Bob James from last year. He’d kill me for saying this; the guy is a living legend!