Today in Saxophonist History

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 106

  • 1897-05-14 Sidney Bechet, US, jazz clarinetist/saxophonist/band leader
  • 1901-02-16 Wayne King, Savannah Ill, saxophonist/bandleader (Waltz King)
  • 1902-01-23 Benny Waters, saxophonist
  • 1906-04-13 Budd [Lawrence] Freeman, US jazz saxophonist (Eel)
  • 1906-12-07 George Richard James, saxophonist
  • 1907-03-28 Herbert "Herb" Hall, clarinetist/saxophonist
  • 1907-07-25 Johnny Hodges, American saxophonist (d. 1970)
  • 1909-03-27 Ben[jamin F] Webster, US tenor saxophonist
  • 1909-08-27 Lester W "Pres" Young, US jazz saxophonist
  • 1912-06-19 Jerry Jerome, American saxophonist (Words & Music), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1912-10-21 Carlos Don Byas, US jazz saxophonist
  • 1913-03-13 Sammy Kaye, saxophonist (Swing & Sway with Sammy Kaye)
  • 1914-02-12 Gordon Tex Beneke, saxophonist/bandleader/vocalist (Glenn Miller Orch)
  • 1917-01-22 Albert "Pud" Brown, clarinetist/saxophonist
  • 1917-05-25 Jimmy Hamilton, saxophonist
  • 1920-03-08 James Daniel "Danny" Turner, saxophonist
  • 1920-08-29 Charlie "Bird" Parker, Kansas City Kansas, American jazz saxophonist
  • 1920-10-09 Yusef Lateef, Chattanooga Tennessee, American Jazz Saxophonist and Flautist
  • 1922-01-04 Frank Wess, flutist/saxophonist/composer, (d. 2013)
  • 1922-10-31 Illinois Jacquet, American saxophonist (d. 2004)
  • 1923-02-27 Dexter Gordon, US, tenor saxophonist/actor (Connection)
  • 1923-06-02 Del Simmons [James Joseph Simonian], American saxophonist (Captain Beefheart) (d. 2011)
  • 1924-11-25 Paul Desmond, US jazz saxophonist
  • 1925-03-25 James Moody, US, jazz saxophonist/flutist/orchestra leader
  • 1925-09-01 Art Pepper, American alto saxophonist and clarinetist, born in Gardena, California (d. 1982)
  • 1925-10-29 Zoot Sims, Inglewood California, jazz saxophonist
  • 1926-07-02 Billy Usselton, saxophonist

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1926-09-23 John Coltrane, jazz saxophonist and composer (Blue Train), born in Hamlet, North Carolina (d. 1967)

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • 1927-01-11 Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair, saxophonist
  • 1927-02-02 Stan Getz, jazz tenor saxophonist (Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1927-04-06 Gerry Mulligan, British saxophonist/orchestra leader (Jazz on a Summer Day)
  • 1927-05-31 Red Holloway [James], Helena, Arkansas, jazz tenor saxophonist, (d. 2012)
  • 1927-06-03 Boots Randolph, Paducah KY, saxophonist (Yakety Sax)
  • 1928-04-29 Big Jay McNeely, R&B saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1929-02-25 Tommy Newsom, Va, musician/bandleader/saxophonist (Tonight Show)
  • 1929-08-06 Mike Elliott, saxophonist, born in Jamaica, West Indies

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1930-03-09 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Downbeat Musician of Year 1966), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2015)

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • 1930-07-07 Hank Mobley, US jazz saxophonist
  • 1930-09-07 Sonny Rollins, jazz saxophonist (Blue Room), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930-10-14 Robert Parker, US saxophonist/soul singer (Barefootin')
  • 1931-09-28 John E Gilmore, tenor Saxophonist
  • 1931-11-02 Phil Woods, Jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1933-04-29 Raymond Earl Hill, saxophonist
  • 1933-12-14 Leo N Wright, US saxophonist (I left my heart in SF)
  • 1934-04-05 Stanley Turrentine, jazz saxophonist (Wonderland)
  • 1934-05-05 Ace Cannon, American saxophonist
  • 1934-09-26 Dick Heckstall-Smith, English jazz-blues saxophonist, born in Ludlow, Shropshire (d. 2004)
  • 1934-10-20 Eddie Harris, saxophonist/composer
  • 1935-07-11 Frederick Hemke, American saxophonist
  • 1935-09-08 James Clay, saxophonist
  • 1937-04-24 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist (d. 2001)
  • 1937-12-16 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, (d. 1986)
  • 1938-01-24 Julius Arthur Hemphill, saxophonist
  • 1938-07-18 Dudu Pukwana, [Mtutuzel], South African/British saxophonist/composer
  • 1938-10-15 Fela Ransome/Anikulapo Kuti, Nigerian singer/saxophonist (d. 1997)
  • 1938-12-28 Charles Neville, US rock vocalist/saxophonist (Neville Brothers)
  • 1939-01-23 Ray Elliott, Irish rock pianist/saxophonist (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1939-06-02 Charles Miller, rock flutist/saxophonist (War)
  • 1940-05-09 Dick Morrissey, saxophonist
  • 1940-05-28 Hans Dulfer, tenor saxophonist/director (Paradiso)
  • 1940-10-13 Pharoah Sanders, American saxophonist
  • 1941-03-15 Mike Love, California, rock saxophonist/vocalist (Beachboys-In My Room)
  • 1941-09-29 Don Nix, US saxophonist (Last Night)
  • 1942-01-11 Clarence Clemons, rock saxophonist (Bruce Springsteen's E St Band)
  • 1942-09-14 Oliver Eugene Lake, jazz saxophonist and composer
  • 1942-12-22 Dick Parry, Kentford, Suff., saxophonist (Pink Floyd, 'Money')
  • 1943-02-14 Maceo Parker, US tenor saxophonist (King's One, Mo' Roots)
  • 1943-06-29 Roger Ruskin Spear, saxophonist (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band), born in London, England
  • 1943-10-01 Jerry Maitini, US saxophonist (Sly & Family Stone-Sex Machine)
  • 1943-10-11 Frank Muyser, Dutch guitarist/saxophonist (Les Baroques)
  • 1943-12-18 Bobby Keys, American saxophonist, born in Slaton, Texas (d. 2014)
  • 1944-06-04 Roger Ball, Scotland, saxophonist (Average White Band)
  • 1944-11-04 Willem Breuker, Dutch saxophonist/conductor (WB Collective)
  • 1945-03-14 Walt Parazaider, rock saxophonist (Chicago), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1945-07-30 David Sanborn, jazz saxophonist (David Letterman Show)
  • 1945-08-24 Malcolm "Mollie" Duncan, Scotland, saxophonist (Average White Band)
  • 1946-07-03 John Klemmer, American composer and saxophonist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946-09-04 David Liebman, American saxophonist and flautist, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1948-05-19 Tom Scott, LA, saxophonist/bandleader (Pat Sajak Show)
  • 1948-08-16 Barry Hay, singer/fluitist/saxophonist/guitarist (Golden Earring)
  • 1948-11-27 Dave Winthrop, rock saxophonist (Supertramp)
  • 1950-10-03 Ronnie Laws, US saxophonist/guitarist (Earth, Wind & Fire)
  • 1951-02-09 Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas, saxophonist (Kool & Gang-Celebration)
  • 1951-05-14 Jay Beckenstein, saxophonist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • 1951-06-26 Rindy Ross, Portland Oregon, rock vocalist/saxophonist (Quarterflash)
  • 1952-02-28 Eddie Manion, saxophonist
  • 1952-05-05 Louis Cortelezzi, rock saxophonist (Mink DeVille)
  • 1953-08-24 Ron Holloway, American tenor saxophonist
  • 1953-09-07 Greg Ham, Australia, rock saxophonist/flutist (Men At Work)
  • 1955-02-13 Jan de Ligt, Dutch saxophonist (I've Got the Bullets)
  • 1955-02-16 Jeff Clayton, US jazz saxophonist/composer (Groove Shop)
  • 1955-07-05 Michael Gismondi, rock saxophonist (Michael Stanley Band)
  • 1955-10-05 Leo Barnes, Irish saxophonist (Hothouse Flowers-I'm Sorry, Don't Go)
  • 1956-06-05 Kenny G, saxophonist (Duotones)
  • 1957-10-05 Lee "Kix" Thompson, saxophonist (Madness-Baggy Trousers)
  • 1958-06-18 Daniels Koran, saxophonist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 1959-02-07 Brian Travers, rock saxophonist (UB40-Red Wine)
  • 1959-05-01 Paul Smith, rock saxophonist (Haircut 100)
  • 1960-08-26 Branford Marsalis, jazz saxophonist (Bring on the Night, Tonight Show)
  • 1961-09-07 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2008)

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1946-03-30 Actress Doris Day (21) weds saxophonist George Weidler

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

HeartWedding of Interest

1964-08-04 Jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane (35) weds Alice Macleod

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1949-05-31 Actress Doris Day (25) divorces saxophonist George Weidler (23) after 3 years of marriage

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

Deaths in Music

  • 1947-07-12 Jimmie Lunceford, American saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1902)
  • 1955-03-12 Charlie "Bird" Parker, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 34 in NYC
  • 1959-05-14 Sidney Bechet, US jazz clarinetist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 62
  • 1965-10-28 Earl Bostic, American saxophonist (b. 1913)

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1967-07-17 John Coltrane, American jazz saxophonist/composer (Blue Train), dies of cancer at 40

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • 1972-08-24 Carlos Wesley "Don" Byas, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 59
  • 1973-09-20 Ben[jamin F] Webster, US tenor saxophonist, dies
  • 1974-08-06 Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1925)
  • 1975-08-08 Julian "Cannonball" Alderly, saxophonist/bandleader, dies of a stroke at 46
  • 1977-05-30 Paul Desmond, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 52
  • 1982-06-15 Art Pepper, American alto saxophonist and clarinetist, dies of a stroke at 56
  • 1986-01-10 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 48
  • 1986-05-30 Hank Mobley, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 55
  • 1986-11-03 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, jazz saxophonist, dies at 65
  • 1990-04-25 Dexter Gordon, Jazz saxophonist, dies of kidney failure at 67
  • 1990-11-18 Peter Schilperoort, saxophonist/clarinetist, dies
  • 1991-01-04 Leo N Wright, US saxophonist (I Left My Heart in SF), dies at 57
  • 1991-03-15 Budd [Lawrence] Freeman, US jazz saxophonist (Eel), dies at 84
  • 1991-05-15 Bud Freeman, jazz tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 84
  • 1991-06-06 Stan Getz, jazz saxophonist (Girl from Impanima), dies at 64
  • 1991-09-04 Charlie Barnet, saxophonist (Cherokee), dies of pneumonia at 77
  • 1992-11-14 George Adams, US tenor saxophonist/flautist (Changes One), dies
  • 1993-03-27 Clifford Jordan, tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 61
  • 1993-09-28 Fraser MacPherson, Canadian jazz saxophonist (b. 1928)
  • 1994-07-11 Charles "Lefty" Edwards, saxophonist, dies at 67
  • 1994-09-05 Billy Usselton, saxophonist, dies at 68
  • 1994-09-20 Jimmy Hamilton, saxophonist, dies at 77
  • 1994-10-18 Lee Allen, saxophonist, dies at 68
  • 1994-11-23 Eldero L D Williams, tenor saxophonist, dies at 70
  • 1995-01-06 James Clay, saxophonist, dies at 59
  • 1995-01-30 George Richard James, saxophonist, dies at 88
  • 1995-02-13 Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair, saxophonist, dies at 68
  • 1995-04-02 Julius Arthur Hemphill, saxophonist, dies at 57
  • 1995-04-14 James Daniel "Danny" Turner, saxophonist, dies at 75
  • 1995-07-21 Edwin "Russell" House, saxophonist, dies at 65
  • 1995-08-20 John E Gilmore, tenor Saxophonist, dies at 63
  • 1995-11-23 Junior Walker, tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 64
  • 1996-01-20 Gerald Joseph Mulligan, baritone saxophonist/composer, dies at 68
  • 1996-03-06 Herbert "Herb" Hall, clarinetist/saxophonist, dies at 88
  • 1996-04-16 Raymond Earl Hill, saxophonist, dies at 62
  • 1996-05-27 Albert "Pud" Brown, clarinetist/saxophonist, dies at 79
  • 1996-11-05 Eddie Harris, saxophonist/composer, dies at 62
  • 1996-11-23 Art Porter, saxophonist, dies at 35
  • 1999-12-17 Grover Washington, Jr., American saxophonist (b. 1943)
  • 2000-09-12 Stanley Turrentine, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1934)
  • 2001-02-10 George Holmes Tate, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist (b. 1913)
  • 2001-06-30 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1937)
  • 2001-12-19 Marcel Mule, French saxophonist. (b. 1901)
  • 2004-06-04 Steve Lacy, American saxophonist (b. 1934)
  • 2004-07-22 Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1922)
  • 2004-12-17 Dick Heckstall-Smith, English jazz-blues saxophonist, dies at 70
  • 2006-03-31 Jackie McLean, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1931 or 1932)
  • 2006-05-01 Johnny Paris, American saxophonist (Johnny and the Hurricanes) (b. 1940)
  • 2006-09-19 Chuck Rio, American singer and saxophonist (The Champs) (b. 1929)
  • 2007-01-13 Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1949)
  • 2007-02-12 Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1905)
  • 2007-07-03 Boots Randolph, American saxophonist (b. 1927)
  • 2010-07-12 Paulo Moura, Brazilian clarinetist and saxophonist (b. 1932)
  • 2010-07-13 Manohari Singh, Indian saxophonist and part of R.D. Burman's band (b. 1931)
  • 2011-06-18 Clarence Clemons, American saxophonist (b. 1942)
  • 2012-02-25 Red Holloway [James], American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies from stroke and kidney failure at 84
  • 2012-10-07 John Martin Tchicai, Danish saxophonist, dies at 76
  • 2012-10-18 David Spencer Ware, American free jazz saxophonist, dies at 62
  • 2014-12-02 Bobby Keyes, American Saxophonist, dies at 70
  • 2015-06-11 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Free Jazz), dies at 85
  • 2015-09-29 Phil Woods, American Jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 83