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List of famous saxophonists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top saxophonists in the world? This includes the most prominent saxophonists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable saxophonists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic saxophonists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned saxophonists.

List is made up of many different people, including Gary Bartz and Jimmy Giuffre.

From reputable, prominent, and well known saxophonists to the lesser known saxophonists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the saxophonist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous saxophonists ever?" and "What are the names of famous saxophonists?" then you're in the right place. (53 items)
John Zorn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Saxophonists
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John Zorn is a film score composer, screenwriter, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, saxophonist, record producer and a composer. ...more

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Branford Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Saxophonists
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Branford Marsalis is an American saxophonist, composer and bandleader. While primarily known for his work in jazz as the leader of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, he also performs frequently as a soloist with classical ensembles and has led the group Buckshot LeFonque. ...more

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#35 on The Greatest Saxophonists of All Time

#34 on The Greatest Jazz Saxophonists of All Time

#12 on The Best Jazz Saxophonists in the World

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Gordon L. Goodwin is a Grammy-award winning American studio pianist, saxophonist, composer, arranger and conductor. He now lives in Southern California with his wife Lisa, daughter Madison and two sons, Trevor and Garrison. ...more

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Gerry Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Saxophonists
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Gerald Joseph "Gerry" Mulligan was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and arranger. Though Mulligan is primarily known as one of the leading baritone saxophonists in jazz history – playing the instrument with a light and airy tone in the era of cool jazz – he was also a notable arranger, working with Claude Thornhill, Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, and others. Mulligan's pianoless quartet of the early 1950s with trumpeter Chet Baker is still regarded as one of the more important cool jazz groups. Mulligan was also a skilled pianist and played several other reed instruments. ...more

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#15 on The Greatest Saxophonists of All Time

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