With alto saxophonist David Sanborn coming home to St. Louis in September to play a concert at The Pageant, it seems like a good time to feature him in our Saturday video showcase. There are many clips of Sanborn performances available online, but today we've got something different: a master class that Sanborn gave on June 30, 2008 for the Selmer Company.
There are five parts totaling just under 40 minutes, and during the class Sanborn touches on a lot of topics, including his preferences in saxophones, his sound concept and influences, former teachers, and more. He does some playing, too, with an assist from Gil Goldstein on piano. Look for some of those performance clips in a future installment, but for now, here's hoping you enjoy this opportunity to hear Sanborn talk about the concepts, techniques and processes behind the music.