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The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time 

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Updated June 14, 2019 4.7k votes 677 voters 12.9k views 67 items

List Rules The absolute best jazz saxophonists of all time. Vote up the greatest musicians who play jazz saxophone.

Smooth jazz, fusion jazz, avant-garde jazz, crossover, West Coast, free jazz. Jazz music has influenced many different genres of music. Jazz brought a sense of style and freedom that had never been seen before in the world, and is still one of the most popular categories of music today. The saxophone has long been a feature of jazz music. Who are the greatest jazz saxophonists of all time?
 
The musicians on this list helped to shape the world of jazz and blues though their talent on the saxophone. Many saxophonists in the jazz world improvise, requiring them to have mastered not just their instrument, but music theory as well.
 
This list features the all time greatest jazz saxophonists, ranked as the best by music lovers and featuring musicians like John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, and Sonny Rollins. Vote up the best jazz saxophonists below and see where the musicians you think are great rank!
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John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Charlie Parker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Sonny Rollins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Cannonball Adderley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Dexter Gordon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Wayne Shorter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Stan Getz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Lester Young is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Joe Henderson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Coleman Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Ornette Coleman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Paul Desmond is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Eric Dolphy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Ben Webster is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Michael Brecker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Hank Mobley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Johnny Hodges is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Jackie McLean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Pharoah Sanders is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Art Pepper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Phil Woods is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Charlie Rouse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Lee Konitz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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Benny Golson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
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