Ledisi is touring in support of her new album, “Pieces of Me.” Born in New Orleans, Ledisi (whose name means “to bring forth”) in Nigerian, has been singing professionally for most of her life. She started at age 8, performing with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. Her mother was also a singer who sang in local bands.
Concerts by R&B star Ledisi and jazz legend David Sanborn highlight the new fall season presented by the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts.
Sanborn will perform on Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Southern Theatre (21 E. Main St.), while Ledisi will perform on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the Lincoln Theatre. Both shows will begin at 8 p.m.
Ledisi is touring in support of her new album, “Pieces of Me.” Born in New Orleans, Ledisi (whose name means “to bring forth”) in Nigerian, has been singing professionally for most of her life. She started at age 8, performing with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. Her mother was also a singer who sang in local bands. Ledisi’s family eventually relocated to Oakland, Calif., where she decided to seriously pursue a professional singing career.
Ledisi eventually formed her own band, Anibade, whose sound mixed classic soul and funk with jazzy overtones. She released two independent albums: 2001’s “Soulsinger” and 2003’s “Feeling orange but sometimes blue.” Both became underground hits and led to opening dates for the likes of Chaka Khan.
Although she is a seasoned artist, Ledisi says she is still finding herself artistically.
“I realized that I’m never going to fit into a box and that’s okay,” she said.
Renowned as one of the greatest saxophone players of all time, David Sanborn is known for his fusion of jazz, pop and R&B. Sanborn, 66, began playing the saxophone as a child. Growing up in St. Louis, Sanborn was inspired by the legacy of Chicago blues artists who would come to town. Before finishing high school, Sanborn had already played with legends such as Albert King and Little Milton.
Sanborn studied music for a year at Northwestern University before transferring to the University of Iowa. A phone call from an old friend in San Francisco, drummer Teddy Steward, convinced Sanborn to head for California. While there, another old friend, Phillip Wilson, invited Sanborn to come to Los Angeles to sit in on recording sessions with the band he had recently joined, the Butterfield Blues Band.
During his stint with the Butterfield Blues Band, Sanborn performed at the famous Woodstock music festival. After the group disbanded, the legendary Stevie Wonder recruited Sanborn for his touring band. Sanborn also played with the Rolling Stones and toured with David Bowie, performing his famous solo on Bowie’s 1975 record “Young Americans.”
Sanborn branched out as a solo artist later that same year, with 1975’s appropriately named “Taking off.” He won his first Grammy for 1981’s “Voyeur.” He picked up his second Grammy in 1986 for “Double Vision.” Throughout the ‘90s and into the present, Sanborn has continued to tour and record.
For tickets and more information about Sanborn’s and Ledisi’s upcoming concerts, call (614) 469-0939 or visit Capa.com.