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

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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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: Hamlet
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 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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 3 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

 4 Cindy Vela

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brownsville, Texas
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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 5 Chad Hugo

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

 6 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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 7 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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 8 Rupert Holmes

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: February 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cheshire, England, UK
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 9 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

 10 Jonathan Richman

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

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

 12 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

 13 Josh Klinghoffer

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

 14 Branford Marsalis

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Famous As: Saxophonist, jazz musician, composer
Birthdate: August 26, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Orleans
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 15 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

 16 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

 17 Booker T. Jones

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

 18 Tony Kanal

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

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

 20 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
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 21 Jack Nitzsche

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

 22 Andrew Gold

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

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

 26 David Sanborn

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

 27 John Zorn

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

 28 Rudy Vallee

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 28, 1901
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Island Pond, Vermont, United States
Died: July 3, 1986
Rudy Vallée was an American musician, singer, radio host, and actor. Having gained popularity at a young age, Vallée was widely regarded as one of the first pop stars to achieve the status of a teen idol. His contribution to radio was honored in 2011 when he was made an inductee of the Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

 29 James McBride

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

 30 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

 31 John Lurie

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

 32 Walter Parazaider

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

 33 Manu Dibango

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

 34 Brecker, Michael Leonard

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

 35 Wayne Osmond

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

 36 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

 37 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

 38 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

 39 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

 40 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

 41 Greg Ham

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

 42 Ronnie Scott

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Famous As: Jazz Saxophonist
Birthdate: January 28, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aldgate, England
Died: December 23, 1996

 43 Herbie Mann

Herbie Mann
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: July 1, 2003

 44 Abdullah Ibrahim

Abdullah Ibrahim.
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Famous As: Pianist, Composer
Birthdate: October 9, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cape Town

South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, known as Dollar Brand, is best remembered for his socially relevant music, such as the jazz piece Mannenberg, which became an anthem for anti-apartheid activists. As part of The Jazz Epistles, he was one of the first black South Africans to record a jazz LP.

 45 Angela Morley

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeds, England
Died: January 14, 2009

 46 Gato Barbieri

Gato Barbieri
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Famous As: Saxophonist
Birthdate: November 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
Died: April 2, 2016

 47 Charlie Barnet

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

 48 Archie Shepp

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Famous As: Jazz Saxophonist
Birthdate: May 24, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

 49 Zoot Sims

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Famous As: Saxophonist
Birthdate: October 29, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Inglewood, California,United States
Died: March 23, 1985

 50 Sergey Stepanov

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Famous As: Saxophonist, Composer
Birthdate: September 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tiraspol, Moldova
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