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Sanborn Brings Sax To Carpenter Center

Published: March 1, 2015

Six-time Grammy Award winner David Sanborn will bring his genre-defying saxophone style to the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the CSULB campus Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m.

With outbreaks of diseases from yesteryear like the measles back in the headlines, the Carpenter Center will be donating proceeds from the concert to benefit Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign. End Polio Now seeks to eradicate polio by sponsoring the immunization of children in the three countries where the disease continues to wreak havoc—Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

Sanborn has released 24 albums—eight certified gold, one certified platinum. He’s also won six Grammys for R&B, jazz and pop recordings. After hearing his soaring saxophone solos, many would be surprised that Sanborn had physical challenges of his own to the point where he was not always well enough to even blow into the instrument.

“I was in the hospital for a couple of years as a kid, in an iron lung and paralyzed from the neck down,” he said in a 2013 interview. “Gradually I regained my strength and actually picked up the saxophone as therapy to build up my lungs.”

Single tickets are still available and on sale now, starting at $40. For tickets and more information, visit the Carpenter Center website or call the Carpenter Center Ticket Office at 562/985-7000. This series is made possible in part by Season Media Partner KPCC 89.3 FM.

–Shayne Schroeder

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