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Monday October 16, 2017

From Napa Valley Register

David Sanborn headlines Blue Note’s first anniversary
By: David Kerns

David Sanborn is a bona fide saxophone superstar. Performing for more than 40 years, he has released 24 albums, including six certified gold and one platinum, collected six Grammys and collaborated with a who’s who of jazz, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll luminaries along the way.

Sanborn and his band will celebrate Blue Note Napa’s first anniversary with six shows, Oct. 19-21.

On the phone last month, Sanborn talked about how, after decades of performances, he avoids getting into a musical rut. “I really enjoy being surprised and keeping it fresh,” he said. “Whether that means re-interpreting older material, or playing new stuff, or just playing in a different way. If you’re playing the same material, it’s so easy to fall into a rut where you start repeating yourself.

“I think what I enjoy most is encouraging the guys in my band to surprise me. It sounds kind of silly, but you have to stay awake when you play. There’s all kinds of ways to fall asleep on the job. You can kind of go on automatic.

“It’s important, especially when I’m playing songs that I’ve played for 40 years, whether it’s ‘Chicago Song’ or ‘The Dream’ or ‘Maputo.’ In order to not drive myself crazy, or just phone it in, I need to change it up, the vibe of the tune, the feel, whatever.”

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