STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: The David Sanborn Trio with Joey Defrancesco


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This week, our video spotlight shines on alto saxophonist and St. Louis native David Sanborn, who's coming back to his hometown on Monday, August 16 and Tuesday, August 17 to play at Jazz at the Bistro for the benefit of Jazz St. Louis' education programs.

It's something of a coup for the Bistro to present Sanborn, who usually plays much larger venues; his most recent St. Louis gigs were at the Pageant in 2008 and as one of the headliners of the now defunct St. Louis Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2006.

Fortunately, Sanborn's been touring this year with a ensemble that's well suited to an intimate space, a stripped-down sax-organ-drums trio featuring Joey DeFrancesco on the keyboard, as featured on Sanborn's most recent CD Only Everything.

Today, we've got some video of that group in action, starting up top with a version of “Basin Street Blues" recorded earlier this year at a concert in Zurich. Down below is the conclusion of “Basin Street Blues," with a solo by drummer Gene Lake, a frequent Sanborn collaborator who's also the son of saxophonist and former St. Louisan Oliver Lake.

Below that, you can see and hear the trio play “Dream," also from the Zurich show, and the fourth window features an excerpt from Sanborn's performance earlier this year at the West Oak Lane Jazz Festival in Philadelphia.

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This story appears courtesy of St. Louis Jazz Notes by Dean Minderman.
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