David Sanborn, jazz saxophonist known for work with David Bowie and more, dies aged 78

Musician who played sax solo on Young Americans and released a series of Grammy-winning albums dies from prostate cancer

David Sanborn, the Grammy-winning saxophonist whose expressive versatility across jazz and pop also made him a sought-after session player for tracks such as David Bowie’s Young Americans, has died aged 78.

A message on social media stated he died from “an extended battle with prostate cancer with complications. Mr Sanborn had been dealing with prostate cancer since 2018, but had been able to maintain his normal schedule of concerts until just recently. Indeed he already had concerts scheduled into 2025.”

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