North Central College Fine & Performing Arts

Grammy-winning David Sanborn performs April 9 at North Central College

Published on 3/4/2016

North Central College presents Grammy Award-winning saxophonist David Sanborn April 9.The performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $60 and $50; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

One of the most distinctive saxophonists in contemporary music since the late ’70s, Sanborn has released more than 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and produced eight Gold albums and one Platinum album. In 1975 Sanborn released “Taking Off” his solo album, but his inspirations started long before then, when he was inspired in high school by the great Chicago blues artists near his hometown of St. Louis.

Having contracted polio at age 3, Sanborn was introduced to the saxophone as part of his treatment therapy. By age 14, he was able to play with music legends, including Albert King and Little Milton. Sanborn went on to study music at Northwestern University and the University of Iowa with the great saxophonist JR Monterose. His career skyrocketed when he joined the Butterfield Blues Band and played Woodstock with Paul Butterfield. Sanborn also toured with Stevie Wonder and recorded for Wonder’s “Talking Book” album, played with The Rolling Stones, and toured and recorded with David Bowie.

Sanborn’s solo release titled “Taking Off,” still considered a classic, further solidified his career. His 1979 release of “Hideaway” became a hit and further propelled Sanborn’s ascent with the single “Seduction,” being featured in the movie “American Gigolo.” Veteran bassist and composer Marcus Miller joined Sanborn on the 1981 album, “Voyeur.” The single, “All I Need Is You,” won Sanborn his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance. In 1983, Sanborn released the hit album “Backstreet,” which included Luther Vandross as a featured guest vocalist.

Sanborn continues to be one of the most active musicians of his genre and pushes the limits with music that challenges the mind. Having inspired countless other musicians, Sanborn was a seminal influence in reintroducing the saxophone as a prominent instrument in contemporary rock, pop and R&B genres.

North Central College’s 2015-2016 Fine and Performing Arts Season is partially sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, Nicor Gas, Advanced Data Technologies, Savant Capital Management, USG Corporation, Monarch Landing, Naperville Special Events and Cultural Amenities Fund, Illinois Arts Council Agency, DuPage Foundation and Naperville Development Partnership.

This performance is among many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and more, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).