St. Louis' prodigal saxophone son makes a rare hometown appearance. Last year, he played at a much smaller venue as part of a trio, but this time he'll share the big stage at the Pageant with Brian Culbertson. We'll get a chance to hear Sanborn pull from his pioneering solo catalog, one that has helped define jazz and its place in pop music in the past quarter century. If our recommendation doesn't do it for you, take the word of a few musicians who have entrusted him in the studio over the years: David Bowie, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead, Steely Dan and James Brown, just to name a few.
The Oscar Pistorius Award: It's a well-known nugget but one of our favorites: Sanborn started playing the saxophone to strengthen his polio-weakened lungs.