[JPL] David Sanborn

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
Fri Aug 15 21:37:21 EDT 2008


I wish I was working it!!
-Dr.

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> Say Hey Dr J        Love the new CD by David Sanborn, will have it on 
> the air next week. Any chance you can help hook up a phone interview 
> with him? Thanks Barry
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> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dr. Jazz" <drjazz at drjazz.com>
> To: "Jazz Programmers Mailing List" <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
> Sent: Friday, August 15, 2008 1:29 PM
> Subject: [JPL] David Sanborn
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>
>> This week's sponsor:  Lisa Hilton
>>
>> Composer/pianist Lisa Hilton's latest release, ''Sunny Day Theory'' 
>> heads to jazz radio next week.  Hilton is joined by top talent Lewis 
>> Nash on drums, Larry Grenadier on bass and Brice Winston on tenor 
>> sax.  Eighteen time Grammy winner, Al Schmitt recorded and mixed the 
>> 12 track release.
>> What is the ''Sunny Day Theory''?  Hilton smiles, &amp;quot;My 
>> engineer Larry Mah made me laugh recounting a 'Foggy Day Theory', so 
>> I countered with a 'Sunny Day Theory' which basically assumes that 
>> difficulties, if embraced honestly,  create opportunity for growth.  
>> Life can be challenging: I've realized after a rough year that the 
>> complex can be dealt with one step at a time, that there can be depth 
>> in something as simple as a melody, beauty within the blues, and that 
>> with tomorrow there is always the hope for a sunny day.''
>> LisaHiltonMusic.com
>> ''Sunny Day Theory''/Ruby Slippers Productions promotion by Jane 
>> Dashow/Jazzzdog.com
>>
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>>
>>  Once-stricken saxman: Music 'gave me my life'
>>
>>    * Story Highlights
>>    * David Sanborn suffered from polio as child; playing sax a way to
>>      build wind
>>    * Sanborn has played with many, hosted own show in '80s
>>    * Saxophonist's new album is "Here and Gone"
>>
>> By Shanon Cook
>> CNN
>>
>> *NEW YORK (CNN)* -- Ask saxophonist David Sanborn to reel off a list 
>> of career achievements, and you'd better get comfortable. It's a long 
>> list.
>>
>> Even /he/ looks surprised when he reaches the end of it, and quips, 
>> "I split the atom and cured cancer."
>>
>> Sanborn's career spans jazz, rock, pop and R&B. He's played with 
>> Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones, James Taylor, David Bowie and 
>> Carly Simon -- just to name a few. He's won six Grammys, hosted the 
>> TV show "Night Music" in the early '80s and has performed with the 
>> bands for "Saturday Night Live" and "Late Night with David Letterman."
>>
>> OK, so maybe curing cancer is a bit of a stretch -- but Sanborn is 
>> certainly no stranger to fighting his own health battles. Having 
>> suffered polio in his childhood, he says his mantra growing up was 
>> "Hey guys, wait up!" as he trailed his peers. At age 11, he took up 
>> the saxophone on his doctors' advice that the wind instrument would 
>> help build up his lungs.
>>
>> Now 63, Sanborn has just released "Here and Gone" (Decca), his 23rd 
>> album. It's a sultry, bluesy nod to early influences Ray Charles and 
>> Hank Crawford, and features guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Joss 
>> Stone and Sam Moore. VideoWatch Sanborn play a few notes » 
>> <http://cnn.site.printthis.clickability.com/pt/cpt?action=cpt&title=Once-stricken+saxman%3A+Music+%27gave+me+my+life%27+-+CNN.com&expire=-1&urlID=30399741&fb=Y&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2008%2FSHOWBIZ%2FMusic%2F08%2F15%2Fdavid.sanborn%2F&partnerID=211911#cnnSTCVideo> 
>>
>>
>> Sanborn invited CNN to his Manhattan home to talk about his uneasy 
>> relationship with the sax, letting Eric Clapton play and sing, and 
>> why you probably shouldn't call his music "smooth jazz."
>>
>> *CNN:* When you've been playing an instrument for many, many years as 
>> you have, do you ever get to a point where you ...
>>
>> *Sanborn:* Hate it?
>>
>> *CNN:* Well, that wasn't going to be my question, but ... do you?
>>
>> *Sanborn:* Sometimes, yeah. But it's like hating your arm at a 
>> certain point, because [the instrument] is really supposed to be an 
>> extension of you.
>>
>> *CNN:* I was going to ask ... do you ever get to a point where the 
>> instrument no longer surprises you?
>>
>> *Sanborn:* No. I'm waiting for that time. I think that goes along 
>> with discovering things as a musician and discovering new places to 
>> go. To me, the object of practicing is to allow you to play what you 
>> hear. But you're always hearing new things, so you never get to the 
>> end of it.
>>
>> That's the great thing and the frustrating thing about music; you 
>> never really master it. Music is like an open sky. You know it's out 
>> there ... and there you are.
>>
>> *CNN:* Is being a successful musician a pretty self-centered existence?
>>
>> *Sanborn:* It's self-involved in that you have to go into your 
>> imagination and bring stuff forth. I look at the artistic process as 
>> like experiencing the world, channeling it through your personality 
>> and sending it back out there. That's the process. So it certainly is 
>> involving. And because it's coming from you, it's very "self," so you 
>> tend to get preoccupied. It's tough to be in a relationship with a 
>> musician, because it reads sometimes as this ego and self-involvement 
>> when it's really just concentration and focus.
>>
>> That's a good excuse, at least. That's the cover we all use!
>>
>> *CNN:* Is it fair to say that your instrument is always your first love?
>>
>> *Sanborn:* It's more like it's a part of you. So it's not like it's 
>> this other thing that you love more than your mate. It's like saying, 
>> "Do you love your hand more than you love your wife?" Well ... yes 
>> and no.
>>
>> *CNN:* You've said that making your new album, "Here and Gone," was a 
>> labor of love. How so?
>>
>> *Sanborn:* Well, it was just going back to the kind of music that 
>> inspired me in the first place. Ray Charles, Hank Crawford, David 
>> Newman. And kind of getting back in touch with where I came from.
>>
>> *CNN:* Eric Clapton ... is he a good friend of yours?
>>
>> *Sanborn:* He's been a friend of mine for a long time. I asked him to 
>> sing on the record, and he said, "You mean you don't want me to 
>> /play/?" And I said, "Well, I didn't want to presume!"
>>
>> He said, "Well, you know I kind of need to play when I sing," and I 
>> said, "Feel free." And he did a great job. He inhabited that song 
>> ["I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town"].
>>
>> *CNN:* Is it true that you don't like to consider yourself a jazz 
>> musician?
>>
>> *Sanborn:* I just think those labels are not very helpful. It doesn't 
>> really describe what we do. I think music is an evolving, changing, 
>> beautiful thing that absorbs influences from everywhere. Jazz music 
>> by its very nature is just a conglomerate of a lot of different kinds 
>> of music. ... As you grow and develop as a human being and as a 
>> musician, you absorb all these influences from everywhere, and it 
>> comes out in the music that you play. To limit it to one category is 
>> not very descriptive and not very useful.
>>
>> *CNN:* How do you feel about the term "smooth jazz"?
>>
>> *Sanborn:* As opposed to lumpy jazz? I don't like the connotation, 
>> because it always strikes me as being like blood without plasma. It's 
>> like everything that you leave out. It's not what you include. Jazz 
>> music should be inclusive. Smooth jazz to me rules out a certain kind 
>> of drama and a certain tension that I think all music needs. 
>> /Especially/ jazz music, since improvising is one of the cornerstones 
>> of what jazz is. And when you smooth it out, you take all the drama 
>> out of it.
>>
>> Music is important to me. It really gave me my life. Not just a way 
>> to make money ... but it gave me my /life/. And it's hard for me to 
>> think about it as wallpaper. And that to me is what smooth jazz 
>> represents. There's no easy answer to that question. I can give you a 
>> longer answer ....
>>
>> *CNN:* No please don't ...
>>
>> *Sanborn:* (laughs) Stop him!
>>
>> Find this article at:
>> http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/08/15/david.sanbor
>>
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