Grammy Award winners Bob James and David Sanborn, featuring Steve Gadd, perform for one night only at The Palladium Theater Saturday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG – Grammy Award-winning jazz icons Bob James and David Sanborn, performing with Steve Gadd, bring their latest tour to the Palladium at St. Petersburg College in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m.
The career of Bob James is long, varied, and continues to evolve at every turn. From his first days in Marshall, Missouri, the music of Bob James has captivated audiences throughout the world.
James was discovered by Quincy Jones at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival in 1963, the year James recorded his first solo album, Bold Conceptions, for Mercury Records. Fifty-eight albums and innumerable awards would follow through five decades.
He honed his skills working with Creed Taylor, working on albums for artists like Hank Crawford and Grover Washington, Jr, among others. While with CTI, James found great popular success overseeing significant hits for Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, Maynard Ferguson, and Kenny Loggins.
In his three-and-a-half-decade career, David Sanborn has released twenty-four albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight gold albums and one platinum album. Having inspired countless other musicians, Sanborn has worked in many genres which typically blend instrumental pop, R&B and lately, more and more traditional jazz. He continues to be one of the most active musicians of his genre.
Sanborn’s solo release Taking Off (1975) is still considered a classic and further solidified his career. His 1979 release Hideaway became a popular hit and further propelled Sanborn’s ascent with the single Seduction being featured in the movie American Gigolo.
Veteran bassist and composer Marcus Miller joined Dave on the 1981 album Voyeur. The single All I Need Is You won Sanborn his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance. In 1983, Sanborn released the hit album Backstreet that included Luther Vandross as a featured guest vocalist. Later albums have included guest artists such as Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, Charlie Hayden, Wallace Roney, Kenny Barron, Christian McBride, and Eric Clapton.
Reserved tickets priced at $65, $55 and $45 are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727-791-7400 and online at www.rutheckerdhall.com.