Saxophone Players

A saxophone is an iconic musical instrument mainly used in Jazz music. We have compiled a list of famous saxophone players from all over the world. This list of famous saxophone players includes names like John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Paul Desmond and Branford Marsalis
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 1 John Coltrane

John Coltrane
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Famous As: Saxophonist, Composer
Birthdate: September 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: HaHamlet, North Carolina, United States
Died: July 17, 1967
Jazz saxophonist John Coltrane is remembered for his significant influence on modern jazz. He was initially part of the Navy band and eventually collaborated with musicians such as Miles Davis. He won a Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and was canonized by the African Orthodox Church.

 2 Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker
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Famous As: Jazz saxophonist, composer
Birthdate: August 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Died: March 12, 1955

Charlie Parker was an American composer and jazz saxophonist. A highly influential soloist, Parker played a significant role in the development of a form of jazz called bebop. He is also credited with introducing harmonic ideas into jazz, such as chord substitutions and rapid passing chords. His contribution to jazz and bebop made him an icon of the hipster subculture.

 3 Fela Kuti

Fela Kuti
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Famous As: Multi-instrumentalist
Birthdate: October 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria
Died: August 2, 1997
Political activist and Afrobeat inventor Fela Kuti initially performed with his band Koola Lobitos and later renamed it Nigeria '70. He was inspired by the Black Power movement, which also gradually transformed his musical style. He married 27 women in 1978, to mark the anniversary of the Kalakuta Republic attack.
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 4 Kenny G

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Famous As: Saxophonist
Birthdate: June 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, better known as Kenny G, is a best-selling jazz saxophonist who has sold over 75 million records and even owns a line of saxophones. He is also a certified pilot and a skilled golfer who has participated in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am seven times.

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 5 Captain Beefheart

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glendale, California, U.S.
Died: December 17, 2010

 6 Clarence Clemons

Clarence Clemons
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Famous As: Musicians
Birthdate: January 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Died: June 18, 2011

Clarence Clemons, also popular as The Big Man, gained fame as the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. While he joined the Maryland State College on both football and music scholarships, a car accident later ended his football dreams. He also had his own band, The Red Bank Rockers.

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 7 Cindy Vela

Cindy Vela
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brownsville, Texas, United States
Cindy Vela is best known for her roles in movies such as Black November, Camino, and Endgame. She is also a talented saxophonist and has been a model and a muse. The short film Exhibit-B5, which featured her as an accident victim, became viral on social media as real. 
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 8 Tash Sultana

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tash Sultana soared to fame with her phenomenally successful single Jungle, which was first posted on YouTube and went viral on social media, gaining a million views in 5 days. The non-binary Australian singer uses the pronoun “they.” She also made it to the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list.

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 9 Stanley Getz

Stanley Getz
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Famous As: Jazz Saxophonist
Birthdate: February 2, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 6, 1991

 10 Tom T. Hall

Tom T. Hall
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Olive Hill, Kentucky, USA
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 11 Josh Klinghoffer

Josh Klinghoffer
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 12 Chad Hugo

Chad Hugo
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Famous As: Multi-Instrumentalist
Birthdate: February 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, USA

 13 Garth Hudson

Garth Hudson
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Famous As: Multi-instrumentalist
Birthdate: August 2, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Windsor, Canada

Garth Hudson is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist often described as "the most brilliant organist in the rock world." He was the keyboardist and saxophonist for the rock group The Band. He also played piano and accordion. During the peak of his career, he was a much sought-after and respected session musician. He was inducted into the London Music Hall Of Fame

 14 Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter
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Famous As: composer, saxophonist, jazz musician
Birthdate: August 25, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newark
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 15 Rupert Holmes

Rupert Holmes
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cheshire, England, UK

 16 Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins
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Famous As: Saxophonist
Birthdate: September 7, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City

 17 Jonathan Richman

Jonathan Richman
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 16, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Natick, Massachusetts, USA

 18 Booker T. Jones

Booker T. Jones
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
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 19 Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman
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Famous As: Composer, Trumpeter, Saxophonist, Jazz musician
Birthdate: March 9, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Worth
Died: June 11, 2015

 20 Lester Young

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 27, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Woodville, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 15, 1959
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 21 Tony Kanal

Tony Kanal
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingsbury, London, England

 22 Cannonball Adderley

Cannonball Adderley
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Famous As: Jazz alto saxophonist
Birthdate: September 15, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
Died: August 8, 1975
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 23 Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis
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Famous As: Saxophonist primarily known for his work in jazz as the leader of the Branford Marsalis Quartet
Birthdate: August 26, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, United States

 24 Paul Desmond

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Famous As: Jazz musician
Birthdate: November 25, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: May 30, 1977
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 25 Dexter Gordon

Dexter Gordon
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Famous As: Saxophonist
Birthdate: February 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: April 25, 1990

 26 Andrew Gold

Andrew Gold
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Burbank, California, USA
Died: June 3, 2011

 27 John Lurie

John Lurie
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.

 28 Alan Osmond

Alan Osmond
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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: June 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ogden, Utah, United States

 29 Grover Washington, Jr.

Grover Washington, Jr.
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Famous As: Saxophonist
Birthdate: December 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Died: December 17, 1999

 30 Jack Nitzsche

Jack Nitzsche
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Died: August 25, 2000

 31 Candy Dulfer

Candy Dulfer
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Famous As: Saxophonist
Birthdate: September 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Candy Dulfer is a Dutch saxophonist best known for her solo career as well as for her association with the band The Ladies of Soul. Dulfer became a household name in the Netherlands in 2013 when she started appearing as a jury member in the popular TV show X-Factor. During the 1990s, Candy Dulfer won many Conamus Export Prizes.

 32 David Sanborn

David Sanborn
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Famous As: Saxophonist
Birthdate: July 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States

 33 John Zorn

John Zorn
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: September 2, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 34 James McBride

James McBride
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Birthdate: September 11, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, US

 35 Brecker, Michael Leonard

Brecker, Michael Leonard
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 29, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: January 13, 2007

 36 Manu Dibango

Manu Dibango
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 12, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Douala, Cameroon
Died: March 24, 2020

 37 Walter Parazaider

Walter Parazaider
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Maywood, Illinois, United States

 38 Yusef Abdul Lateef

Yusef Abdul Lateef
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 9, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Died: December 23, 2013

 39 Junior Walker

Junior Walker
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Famous As: Multi-instrumentalist
Birthdate: June 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Blytheville, Arkansas, United States
Died: November 23, 1995

 40 Jimmy Dorsey

Jimmy Dorsey
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 12, 1957

 41 Wayne Osmond

Wayne Osmond
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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: August 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ogden, Utah, United States

 42 Art Pepper

Art Pepper
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Famous As: Saxophonist
Birthdate: September 1, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gardena, California, United States
Died: June 15, 1982

 43 Sidney Bechet

Sidney Bechet
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 14, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: May 14, 1959

 44 Joe Henderson

Joe Henderson
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 24, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lima, Ohio, United States
Died: June 30, 2001

 45 Bobby Keys

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Slaton, Texas, United States
Died: December 2, 2014

 46 Greg Ham

Greg Ham
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: April 19, 2012

 47 Woody Herman

Woody Herman
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 16, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died: October 29, 1987

 48 Albert Ayler

Albert Ayler
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Famous As: Saxophonist, Composer
Birthdate: July 13, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: November 25, 1970

 49 Charlie Barnet

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Famous As: Saxophonist
Birthdate: October 26, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: September 4, 1991

 50 Ravi Coltrane

Ravi Coltrane
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Famous As: Saxophonist, Record Producer
Birthdate: August 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States