Famous Saxophone Players
Saxophonists have been an integral part of the American jazz scene, with the timbres of their chosen instrument often at the center of layered compositions. Coleman Hawkins was the first American jazz saxophonist to become famous during the 1920s-30s. Jimmy Dorsey and Johnny Hodges also had major success with big bands during jazz's heyday as a popular music juggernaut, while Lester Young popularized the West Coast, cool style. Later, soprano and tenor saxophonist John Coltrane created pioneering works that ranged from "sheets of sound" bebop to unbound, rhythmically complex free jazz. And Branford Marsalis has taken his sax to great heights in non-jazz arenas; he's toured with rock artist Sting and served as musical director for The Tonight Show.
Got something to say?blog comments powered by Disqus
profile name: John Coltrane profile occupation: Songwriter, Saxophonist
profile id: 9433413
profile name: Charlie Parker profile occupation: Songwriter, Saxophonist
profile id: 9542033
profile name: Jimmy Dorsey profile occupation: Saxophonist
profile id: 9176317
profile name: Cannonball Adderley profile occupation: Saxophonist
profile id: 9331743
profile name: Coleman Hawkins profile occupation: Saxophonist
profile id: 9539541
profile name: Lester Young profile occupation: Saxophonist
Sign in with Facebook to see how you and your friends are connected to famous icons.
Your Friends' Connections
Other groups you may
be interested in
Of the storied Five Families of New York City's mafia, the Genovese family is one of the most powerful. It's believed the Genovese family provided some of the inspiration for Mario Puzo's The Godfather—both had roots in Corleone, Sicily. "Lucky" Luciano of the Genovese family first organized the Five Families in New York City, and those who came after him maintained the Genovese family status as mafia royalty.
2 people in this group
Learn more about the cast of Jobs, the 2013 biopic of legendary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The film stars Ashton Kutcher as Jobs, and many other members of Hollywood's elite, including Dermot Mulroney, Lesley Ann Warren, Josh Gad, Matthew Modine and James Woods. Read full biographies, and view photos and videos, only at Biography.com.
6 people in this group
Some went where no man had gone before. Icons like Jacqueline Cochran, Mae C. Jemison, Annie Smith Peck and Zora Neale Hurston have held the torch for women to follow in the fields of anthropology, astronautics, aviation and mountain climbing. Take a look at some of the world’s top women adventurers and the terrains they’ve explored.
15 people in this group