2020 Saxophone Day

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Saxophone Day is today. The Saxophone is a classical woodwind instrument. It is an essential instrument in jazz bands, symphonic bands, marching bands and more. It's only fitting that this great instrument has a day of recognition all to its own.

Born on November 6, 1814, Adophe Sax invented many musical instruments including the saxophone.  Sax constructed saxophones in several sizes in the early 1840′s and on June 28, 1846 received a 15-year patent for the instrument.  The patent encompassed 14 different versions of the fundamental design, split into two categories of seven instruments each and ranging from sopranino to contrabass.

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After Sax’s patent expired in 1866, several saxophonists and instrument manufacturers implemented their own improvements to the original design and keywork.

Adophe Sax invented 8 types of saxophones: Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Contrabass, and Subcontrabass. The first Saxophone ever created was the Bass Saxophone. A 9th type of Saxophone, the Soprillo Saxophone, was invented in 2004. It is the smallest Saxophone.

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Here is a list of some of the Saxophone greats.

- Stan Getz

- Sidney Bechet

- Sonny Rollins

- Lester Young

- Eric Dolphy

- Coleman Hawkins “Hawk”

- John Coltrane

- Charlie Parker “Bird”

- Kenny G.

- Steve Cole

- Jimmy Dorsey

- Julian Adderley “Cannonball”

- Grover Washington Jr.

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