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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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John Coltrane
(One of the Most Influential Saxophonists in Music History)
John Coltrane
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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.
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Charlie Parker
(Jazz Saxophonist & Developer of the 'Bebop' Style of Jazz)
Charlie Parker
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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.

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Fela Kuti
(Multi-Instrumentalist & the Creator of ‘Afro-beat’, a Genre that Fuses West African Music with American Funk & Jazz)
Fela Kuti
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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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Kenny G
(Smooth Jazz Saxophonist and One of the Best-Selling Musicians of All Time )
Kenny G
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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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Clarence Clemons
(Best Known as the Saxophonist of the Rock Band 'The E Street Band')
Clarence Clemons
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Birthdate: January 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
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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Captain Beefheart
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Birthdate: January 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glendale, California, U.S.
Died: December 17, 2010
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Cindy Vela
(Actress and Model Known for Her Films: ‘Black November’, ‘Endgame’ and ‘Camino’)
Cindy Vela
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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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Tom T. Hall
(Singer)
Tom T. Hall
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Birthdate: May 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Olive Hill, Kentucky, USA
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Stanley Getz
(Jazz Saxophonist)
Stanley Getz
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Birthdate: February 2, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 6, 1991
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Chad Hugo
(Multi-Instrumentalist)
Chad Hugo
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Birthdate: February 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, USA
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Josh Klinghoffer
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Birthdate: October 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles
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Garth Hudson
(Multi-instrumentalist)
Garth Hudson
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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

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Wayne Shorter
(composer, saxophonist, jazz musician)
Wayne Shorter
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Birthdate: August 25, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newark
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Rupert Holmes
(Composer)
Rupert Holmes
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Birthdate: February 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cheshire, England, UK
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Sonny Rollins
(Saxophonist)
Sonny Rollins
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Birthdate: September 7, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City
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Jonathan Richman
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Birthdate: May 16, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Natick, Massachusetts, USA
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Booker T. Jones
(Musician)
Booker T. Jones
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Birthdate: November 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
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Lester Young
(Musician)
Lester Young
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Birthdate: August 27, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Woodville, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 15, 1959
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Branford Marsalis
(Saxophonist primarily known for his work in jazz as the leader of the Branford Marsalis Quartet)
Branford Marsalis
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Birthdate: August 26, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, United States
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Tony Kanal
(Musician)
Tony Kanal
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Birthdate: August 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingsbury, London, England
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Ornette Coleman
(Composer, Trumpeter, Saxophonist, Jazz musician)
Ornette Coleman
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Birthdate: March 9, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Worth
Died: June 11, 2015
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Cannonball Adderley
(Jazz alto saxophonist)
Cannonball Adderley
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Birthdate: September 15, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
Died: August 8, 1975
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John Lurie
(Musician)
John Lurie
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Birthdate: December 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
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Paul Desmond
(Jazz musician)
Paul Desmond
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Birthdate: November 25, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: May 30, 1977
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Jack Nitzsche
(Musician)
Jack Nitzsche
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Birthdate: April 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Died: August 25, 2000
 26 
Andrew Gold
(Singer)
Andrew Gold
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Birthdate: August 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Burbank, California, USA
Died: June 3, 2011
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Dexter Gordon
(Saxophonist)
Dexter Gordon
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Birthdate: February 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: April 25, 1990
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Grover Washington, Jr.
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Birthdate: December 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Died: December 17, 1999
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Alan Osmond
(Singer, Musician)
Alan Osmond
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Birthdate: June 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ogden, Utah, United States
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David Sanborn
(Saxophonist)
David Sanborn
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Birthdate: July 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
James McBride
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Birthdate: September 11, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, US
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Brecker, Michael Leonard
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Birthdate: March 29, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: January 13, 2007
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Candy Dulfer
(Dutch Jazz and Pop Saxophonist Known for Her Album 'Saxuality')
Candy Dulfer
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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.

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Manu Dibango
(Musician)
Manu Dibango
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Birthdate: December 12, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Douala, Cameroon
Died: March 24, 2020
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Yusef Abdul Lateef
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Birthdate: October 9, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Died: December 23, 2013
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Dave Koz
(Smooth Jazz Saxophonist)
Dave Koz
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Birthdate: March 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Encino, Los Angeles, California, United States
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Walter Parazaider
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Birthdate: March 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Maywood, Illinois, United States
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Junior Walker
(Multi-instrumentalist)
Junior Walker
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Birthdate: June 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Blytheville, Arkansas, United States
Died: November 23, 1995
 39 
Jimmy Dorsey
(Musician)
Jimmy Dorsey
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Birthdate: February 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 12, 1957
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John Zorn
(Composer)
John Zorn
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Birthdate: September 2, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
 41 
Greg Ham
(Musician)
Greg Ham
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Birthdate: September 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: April 19, 2012
 42 
Wayne Osmond
(Singer, Musician)
Wayne Osmond
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Birthdate: August 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ogden, Utah, United States
 43 
Art Pepper
(Saxophonist)
Art Pepper
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Birthdate: September 1, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gardena, California, United States
Died: June 15, 1982
 44 
Charlie Barnet
(Saxophonist)
Charlie Barnet
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Birthdate: October 26, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: September 4, 1991
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Sidney Bechet
(Musician)
Sidney Bechet
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Birthdate: May 14, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: May 14, 1959
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Albert Ayler
(Saxophonist, Composer)
Albert Ayler
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Birthdate: July 13, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: November 25, 1970
 47 
Joe Henderson
(Musician)
Joe Henderson
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Birthdate: April 24, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lima, Ohio, United States
Died: June 30, 2001
 48 
Bobby Keys
(Musician)
Bobby Keys
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Birthdate: December 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Slaton, Texas, United States
Died: December 2, 2014
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Ravi Coltrane
(Saxophonist, Record Producer)
Ravi Coltrane
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Birthdate: August 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States
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Woody Herman
(Musician)
Woody Herman
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Birthdate: May 16, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died: October 29, 1987