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Saxophonist Michael Lington to perform with Michael Bolton at the PAC

Posted: August 18, 2010 1:00 p.m.
Updated: August 18, 2010 7:00 p.m.

Saxophone player Michael Lington will open for Michael Bolton at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons Saturday night.

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Recording artist and saxophonist Michael Lington will perform with headliner Michael Bolton at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons on Saturday, Aug. 21.

Lington's will join Bolton's backing band to play sax on some songs, and perform his own No. 1 radio song "You and I."

Lington, who became an American citizen in 2008, began playing clarinet in his hometown of Copenhagen, Denmark at age seven. As a boy, he remembers spending time with his grandfather, Danish music legend Otto Lington, walking the streets of Copenhagen and talking about the music industry.

Lington's rich musical legacy was further enhanced by his stepfather, a drum major for the Queen's guard who was recently knighted.

Lington was trained classically on clarinet, but switched to the sax at age 15 upon hearing American soul and jazz musicians like Cannonball Adderley, Ray Charles and David Sanborn.

"The clarinet wasn't quite expressive enough for me," Lington said. "I really connected more with R&B. So I picked up the sax and my style changed immediately."

Lington's latest album, "Heat," on Nu Groove records, spawned "You and I" and became a Top 5 Billboard album. Featuring collaborations with Aaron Neville and Ace Young, "Heat" was named "Album of the Year" by Jazztrax in 2008.

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