David Sanborn is an American saxophonist, most commonly associated with smooth jazz. He was born on July 30, 1945 in Tampa, Florida.
Sanborn has been a highly regarded session player since the mid 1970s, and one of his earliest guest recordings was on David Bowie's "Young Americans". In the late 1980s he was regular guest member of Paul Shaffer's band on Late Night with David Letterman. Around the same time, he co-hosted a late-night music show on NBC with Jools Holland.
Throughout his career, Sanborn has skirted the edges of free jazz: In his youth he studied with Roscoe Mitchell and Julius Hemphill, and performed on Tim Berne's Diminutive Mysteries, dedicated to Hemphill.