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

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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 Josh Klinghoffer

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

 4 Tony Kanal

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

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Famous As: Musicians
Birthdate: January 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Died: June 18, 2011
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 7 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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 8 Chad Hugo

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

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

 10 Rupert Holmes

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

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Famous As: composer, saxophonist, jazz musician
Birthdate: August 25, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newark

 12 Jonathan Richman

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

 13 Sonny Rollins

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

 14 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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 15 Ozzie Nelson

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 20, 1906
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey
Died: June 3, 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 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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 19 John Lurie

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

 20 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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 21 Candy Dulfer

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

 22 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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 23 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

 24 John Zorn

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

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

 26 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

 27 David Sanborn

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

 28 Brecker, Michael Leonard

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

 29 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

 30 James McBride

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

 31 Manu Dibango

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

 32 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

 33 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

 34 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

 35 Greg Ham

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

 36 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

 37 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

 38 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

 39 Angela Morley

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

 40 Gato Barbieri

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

 41 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.

 42 Jackie McLean

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 17, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: March 31, 2006

 43 Big Tom

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 18, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Castleblayney, Monaghan, Ireland
Died: April 17, 2018

 44 Archie Shepp

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

 45 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

 46 Benny Carter

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Famous As: Saxophonist
Birthdate: August 8, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: July 12, 2003

 47 Anthony Braxton

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 48 Tex Beneke

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Famous As: Saxophonist
Birthdate: February 12, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas United States
Died: May 30, 2000

 49 Wilton Felder

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Famous As: Saxophonist
Birthdate: August 31, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Died: September 27, 2015

 50 Eddie Harris

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 20, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago , Illinois, U.S.
Died: November 5, 1996
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