List of Famous Saxophonists

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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 (born September 2, 1953) is an American composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist, and multi-instrumentalist with hundreds of album credits as performer, composer, and producer across a variety of genres including jazz, rock, hardcore, classical, surf, metal, soundtrack, ambient, and improvised music. He incorporates diverse styles in his compositions, which he identifies as avant-garde or experimental. Zorn was described by Down Beat as "one of our most important composers".Zorn established himself within the New York City downtown music movement in the mid-1970s, performing with musicians across the sonic spectrum and developing experimental methods of composing new music. ...more on Wikipedia

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Branford Marsalis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Saxophonists
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Branford Marsalis (born August 26, 1960) 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 on Wikipedia

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Gordon L. Goodwin (born 1954) is an American pianist, saxophonist, composer, arranger, and conductor. He is the leader of Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, and on faculty at the Los Angeles College of Music. He has won Grammy Awards and Daytime Emmy Awards and has received over twenty Grammy nominations for his compositions and arrangements. ...more on Wikipedia

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Gerry Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Saxophonists
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Gerald Joseph Mulligan (April 6, 1927 – January 20, 1996) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and arranger. Though Mulligan is primarily known as one of the leading jazz baritone saxophonists – playing the instrument with a light and airy tone in the era of cool jazz – he was also a significant 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 best cool jazz groups. Mulligan was also a skilled pianist and played several other reed instruments. Several of his compositions, such as "Walkin' Shoes" and "Five Brothers", have become jazz ...more on Wikipedia

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