The David Sanborn Trio: Three Jazz Greats in Concert
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David Sanborn is one of the most influential and successful saxophonists who stretches musical genres from instrumental pop to R&B to straight forward jazz. He is joined by legendary Hammond B3 organist, Joey DeFrancesco and veteran drummer, Byron “Wookie” Landham for a thrilling concert from this all-star organ trio.
David Sanborn has released twenty-four albums—eight Gold and one Platinum and has won six Grammy Awards. Early in his career, Sanborn played the famed Woodstock festival with the Butterfield Blues Band. Following that, Dave toured with Stevie Wonder and recorded for Wonder’s ground-breaking Talking Book album, played with The Rolling Stones, and toured with David Bowie with whom he recorded the famous solo heard on “Young Americans”. Constantly pushing the limits and challenging music categorization, Dave has found ease playing a multitude of styles and has collaborated with the diverse likes of James Brown, Cat Stevens, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Luther Vandross, James Taylor, Gil Evans, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, Charlie Hayden, Wallace Roney, Kenny Barron, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller and Eric Clapton.
At the young age of sixteen, Joey DeFrancesco signed with Columbia Records and released his first record, All Of Me. This record was single handedly responsible for the great resurgence of the Hammond organ sound in popular music. He was then quickly called on by Miles Davis to join his band. It was during this time that Joey, inspired by Miles, picked up the trumpet and started playing. To this day, Joey continues to play the trumpet. Soon after, John McLaughlin called him along with drummer Dennis Chambers to form the group the “Free Spirits”. Joey has played and recorded with some of the greatest musicians in the world, such as Ray Charles, Bette Midler, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, Frank Wess, Benny Golson, James Moody, Steve Gadd, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Cobb, George Benson, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, and many more. Down Beat Critics and Readers poll has selected Joey as top jazz organist every year since 2002.
In the 1990s, Byron “Wookie” Landham came to be recognized as one of the top jazz drummers in Philadelphia, where he has been employed by well-known hard bop and soul-jazz improvisers like Joey DeFrancesco and the late organist/pianist Shirley Scott. Landham became a fixture in Philly jazz venues and played alongside many of the city’s highly regarded musicians. Landham has played with extensively Joey DeFrancesco, who employed the drummer on several of his albums in the 1990s and early 2000s. It was also during the 1990s that Landham’s reputation spread way beyond Philly, resulting in appearances on albums by Houston Person, tenor sax- man Ron Holloway, guitarist Russell Malone, and others.