Famous Saxophone Players

Here is a list of Famous Saxophone Players throughout the short history of the saxophone, who have made a name for themselves in one way or another. But, what does it mean to be famous? Everyone enjoys a bit of fame. Many people dream of being in 'the spotlight'.

Usually it's not just their Saxophone playing feats that have landed them in the pages of history. Often there's a little more to it. An alcohlic, a drug addict, a blonde bombshell, they all play great Sax. The people listed range across the many genres of music that the saxophone has touched. Within are articles with their stories, the songs and albums they played on, and an overview of their lives, relationships, births, deaths, struggles, and successes. There are many Influential Saxophone Players who deserve a mention and this list will continue to grow over time. Some you may have heard of, others you may not, however, they all belong to a fantastic group of well practiced Saxophonists. The saxophone is a reasonably easy instrument to pick up, to get the basics, to play a song. Yet, to master the Saxophone is a whole different ball game. To get good at something, I mean very good, at a World Class level, takes years of practice. Anyone who ever achieved a high level of success also put some time and energy into creating their own profile.

Take a look for your favorite Sax 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


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