Jazz The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time  

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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!
list ordered by
1
230 46
John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop
2
189 34
Charlie Parker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
Jazz, Bebop
3
146 34
Sonny Rollins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz
4
116 31
Cannonball Adderley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz
5
113 34
Dexter Gordon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz
6
99 32
Lester Young is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
7
111 41
Wayne Shorter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
Crossover jazz, Third stream, Hard bop
8
109 40
Stan Getz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
Cool jazz, Jazz, West Coast jazz
9
89 30
Coleman Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
Swing music, Bebop
10
83 31
Paul Desmond is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
Cool jazz, West Coast jazz
11
79 29
Joe Henderson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Jazz fusion
12
69 23
Ben Webster is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
13
80 36
Ornette Coleman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Jazz fusion, Free funk
14
66 27
Hank Mobley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
15
75 40
Eric Dolphy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Third stream, Post-bop
16
70 38
Michael Brecker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
slaft added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues
17
27 5
Art Pepper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
Charley Farley added Cool jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop
18
51 25
Jackie McLean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop
19
48 24
Johnny Hodges is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
Ballad, Swing music
20
49 25
Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
Ragtime, Jazz, Dixieland
21
56 34
Pharoah Sanders is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
Kozmigroov, Avant-garde jazz, World fusion music
22
39 22
Charlie Rouse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop
23
32 16
Benny Golson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
giorgio-catella added Hard bop, Bebop
24
36 20
Lee Konitz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
Cool jazz, Jazz
25
38 22
Phil Woods is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time
looksharp added Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop