Music Appreciation: The Saxophone

The saxophone (also referred to as the sax) is a family of woodwind instruments. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet. The saxophone family was invented by the Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax in 1840. Sax wanted to create a group or series of instruments that would be the most powerful and vocal of the woodwinds, and the most adaptive of the brass—that would fill the vacant middle ground between the two sections. He patented the saxophone on June 28, 1846, in two groups of seven instruments each.

Here is a list of famous saxophone players:

John Coltrane
Jan Garbarek
Kenny G
Coleman Hawkins
Grover Washington Jr.
Lester Young
Charlie Parker
David Sanborn
Mindi Abair
Sonny Rollins
Candy Dulfer
Dave Koz
Bill Clinton
Stan Getz
Clarence Clemons
Oliver Nelson
Cannonball Adderley
Bob Mintzer
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Ben Webster
John Gilmore
Eric Dolphy
Wayne Shorter
Romy Bylin
Albert Ayler
Ornette Coleman

Marici Sax Quartet: I have enjoyed listening to these ladies, and I wanted to share them with you again.

The National Saxophone Choir – Bohemian Rhapsody

Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams


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