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David Sanborn

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The Resume

    (July 30, 1945-May 12, 2014)
    Born in Tampa, Florida
    Alto saxophonist
    Recorded the albums ‘Taking Off’ (1975), ‘Voyeur’ (1980), ‘Straight to the Heart’ (1984), ‘A Change of Heart’ (1987), ‘Upfront’ (1992), ‘Love Songs’ (1995), ‘Inside’ (1999), ‘Time Again’ (2003), ‘Here and Gone’ (2008), and ‘Time and the River’ (2015)
    Hosted ‘Michelob Presents Night Music’ (aka ‘Sunday Night,’ 1988-90)
    Frequently sat in with Paul Shaffer and the band on Late Night/The Late Show with David Letterman
    Composed scores for ‘Lethal Weapon’ 2 thru 4 (1989-98)
    Played sax on the theme song for L.A. Law

Why he might be annoying:

    In grade school, the music teacher expelled him from the school band because he was ‘slowing down the other students.’
    While playing with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the 60s, he would smoke pot, snort cocaine, and drink four or five bottles of wine a day.
    He said he never listens to his records after he finishes making them.
    He hates being identified as a ‘smooth jazz’ musician.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He contracted polio as a child and began playing sax on a doctor’s advice to strengthen his chest muscles and improve his breathing.
    He sat in with blues musicians Albert King and Little Milton when he was fourteen.
    As a sideman, he played with James Brown, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton – just for starters.
    He has won six Grammys: three in jazz categories, two in R&B, and one in pop.

Credit: C. Fishel

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Year In Review:

    For 2024, as of last weekly ranking, Out of 43 Votes: 48.84% Annoying
    In 2023, Out of 4 Votes: 25.00% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 2 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 8 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 27 Votes: 25.93% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 22 Votes: 50.0% Annoying