Jazz Saxophonists in History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1902-01-23 Benny Waters, American jazz saxophonist & clarinetist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1998)
  • 1906-12-07 George James, American jazz saxophonist, born in Boggs, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1909-08-27 Lester Young, American jazz saxophonist, born in Woodville, Mississippi (d. 1959)
  • 1912-05-12 Marshall Royal, American jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist (Count Basie Orchestra), born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1912-10-21 Carlos Don Byas, US jazz saxophonist
  • 1913-02-22 "Buddy" Tate, American jazz saxophonist, born in Sherman, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1913-04-25 Earl Bostic, American jazz alto saxophonist (Flamingo, Temptation), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1965)
  • 1916-07-27 Elbert Skippy Williams, American jazz tenor saxophonist and musical arranger, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • 1917-05-25 Jimmy Hamilton, American jazz saxophonist, born in Dillon, South Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1920-08-29 Charlie "Bird" Parker, American jazz saxophonist, born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 1955)
  • 1920-10-09 Yusef Lateef, American jazz saxophonist and flautist, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2013)
  • 1922-02-27 Jackie Kelso [John Joseph Kelson Jr], American jazz saxophonist and session musician, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1922-03-02 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis [Edward F. Davis], American jazz saxophonist (Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band), born in Culver City, California (d. 1986)
  • 1922-10-31 Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist, born in Broussard, Louisiana (d. 2004)
  • 1923-02-27 Dexter Gordon, American jazz tenor saxophonist and actor (Round Midnight, The Other Side of Round Midnight), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1990)
  • 1924-02-02 Sonny Stitt [Edward Hammond Boatner Jr], American jazz saxophonist (Blows the Blues), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • 1924-11-25 Paul Desmond, American jazz alto saxophonist (Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1977)
  • 1925-03-25 James Moody, American jazz saxophonist/flutist/orchestra leader
  • 1925-10-29 John Haley "Zoot" Sims, American jazz saxophonist, born in Inglewood, California (d. 1985)
  • 1925-10-30 Teo Macero [Attilio Joseph Macero], American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis), born in Glens Falls, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1926-07-02 Billy Usselton, American big band jazz saxophonist (Les Brown and His Band of Renown), born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)

Person of interestJohn Coltrane

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
  • 1926-10-25 Jimmy Heath "Little Bird", American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1927-02-02 Stan Getz [Stanley Gayetski], American jazz tenor saxophonist (Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1927-05-31 Red Holloway [James], Helena, Arkansas, jazz tenor saxophonist, (d. 2012)
  • 1927-08-16 Dennis Moss, British jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Surrey, England
  • 1927-10-13 Lee Konitz, American jazz saxophonist (Birth of the Cool), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1928-04-24 Johnny Griffin III, American jazz saxophonist (A Blowin' Session), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • 1928-09-15 Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader of the 1950-60s hard bop era (The Black Messiah), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1975)
  • 1928-12-25 Harry Klein, English jazz saxophonist, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2010)

Person of interestOrnette Coleman

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, American jazz saxophonist (Blue Room), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930-10-08 [Park Frederick] Pepper Adams, American jazz saxophonist (Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band), born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • 1931-05-17 [Walter] Dewey Redman, American jazz saxophonist, born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1931-11-02 Phil Woods, American Jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1932-04-17 Arthur "Art" Ellefson, Canadian jazz saxophonist, born in Moose Jaw, Canada
  • 1934-03-30 Lanny Morgan, American jazz alto saxophonist, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1934-04-05 Stanley Turrentine, American jazz saxophonist (Wonderland), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2000)
  • 1935-05-05 Edward "Kidd" Jordan, American jazz saxophonist and music educator, born in Crowley, New Orleans
  • 1935-09-08 James Clay, American jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1936-04-28 John Tchicai, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2012)
  • 1936-05-12 Klaus Doldinger, German jazz saxophonist (Passport) and composer for film, born in Berlin
  • 1937-04-24 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1937-12-16 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, (d. 1986)
  • 1938-06-29 Edmund Falkiner, jazz saxophinist and probation officer (d. 1997)
  • 1939-05-19 Sonny Fortune [Cornelius Fortune], American jazz saxophonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1940-07-05 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • 1940-10-13 Pharoah Sanders, American jazz saxophonist, born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1941-12-25 Ronnie Cuber, American jazz saxophonist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1942-09-14 Oliver Lake, American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Marianna, Arkansas
  • 1943-12-12 Grover Washington Jr., American jazz saxophonist (Mr Magic), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1945-07-30 David Sanborn, American jazz saxophonist (David Letterman Show), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1949-03-29 Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (Brecker Brothers), born in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1952-05-05 Louis Cortelezzi, American rock and jazz saxophonist (Mink DeVille) and film composer (Pokemon), born in New Galilee, Pennsylvania
  • 1955-02-16 Jeff Clayton, US jazz saxophonist/composer (Groove Shop)
  • 1956-06-05 Kenny G [Gorelick], American jazz saxophonist (Duotones, Breathless), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1960-01-16 Richard Elliot, Scottish-born American jazz saxophonist (When a Man Loves a Woman cover), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1960-06-23 Donald Harrison, American jazz saxophonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1960-08-26 Branford Marsalis, jazz saxophonist (Bring on the Night, Tonight Show)
  • 1963-03-27 Dave Koz, American jazz saxophonist, born in Encino, California
  • 1964-03-18 Courtney Pine, British jazz saxophonist
  • 1969-02-01 Joshua Redman, American jazz saxophonist & composer, born in Berkeley, California

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

Deaths in Music

  • 1955-03-12 Charlie "Bird" Parker, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 34 in NYC
  • 1965-10-28 Earl Bostic, American jazz alto saxophonist (Flamingo, Temptation), dies at 52

Person of interestJohn Coltrane

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
  • 1974-08-06 Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1925)
  • 1975-08-08 Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader of the 1950-60s hard bop era (The Black Messiah), dies of a stroke at 46
  • 1977-05-30 Paul Desmond, American jazz alto saxophonist (Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • 1982-07-22 Sonny Stitt [Edward Hammond Boatner Jr], American jazz saxophonist (Blows the Blues), dies of cancer at 58
  • 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 [Edward F. Davis], American jazz saxophonist (Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1990-04-25 Dexter Gordon, American jazz tenor saxophonist and actor (Round Midnight, The Other Side of Round Midnight), dies of kidney failure at 67
  • 1991-06-06 Stan Getz [Stanley Gayetski], American jazz tenor saxophonist (Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey), dies of liver cancer at 64
  • 1992-01-17 Charlie Ventura, jazz sax (Bop for the people), dies at 75 of cancer
  • 1993-09-28 Fraser MacPherson, Canadian jazz saxophonist (b. 1928)
  • 1994-02-28 Elbert Skippy Williams, American jazz tenor saxophonist and musical arranger, dies at 77
  • 1994-09-05 Billy Usselton, American big band jazz saxophonist (Les Brown and His Band of Renown), dies at 68
  • 1994-09-20 Jimmy Hamilton, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 77
  • 1995-01-06 James Clay, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 59
  • 1995-01-30 George James, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 88
  • 1995-05-09 Marshall Royal, American jazz alto saxophonist & clarinetist (Count Basie Orchestra), dies at 82
  • 1997-09-20 Edmund Falkiner, jazz saxophinist and probation officer, dies at 59
  • 1998-03-20 George Howard, American jazz saxophone musician
  • 1998-08-11 Benjamin "Benny" Waters, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist, dies at 96
  • 1999-12-17 Grover Washington Jr., American jazz saxophonist (Mr Magic), dies at 56
  • 2000-09-12 Stanley Turrentine, American jazz saxophonist (Wonderland), dies at 66
  • 2001-02-10 George Holmes Tate, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist (b. 1913)
  • 2001-06-30 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 64
  • 2004-07-22 Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 81
  • 2006-03-31 Jackie McLean, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1931 or 1932)
  • 2006-09-02 [Walter] Dewey Redman, American jazz saxophonist, dies of liver failure at 75
  • 2007-01-13 Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (Brecker Brothers), dies at 57
  • 2007-02-12 Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1905)
  • 2008-02-19 Teo Macero [Attilio Joseph Macero], American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis), dies at 82
  • 2008-05-28 Dennis Moss, British jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 80
  • 2008-07-25 Johnny Griffin III, American jazz saxophonist (A Blowin' Session), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 2012-02-25 Red Holloway [James], American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies from stroke and kidney failure at 84
  • 2012-04-28 Jackie Kelso [John Joseph Kelson Jr], American jazz saxophonist & session musician, dies at 90
  • 2012-10-07 John Tchicai, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 76
  • 2012-10-18 David Spencer Ware, American free jazz saxophonist, dies at 62
  • 2013-12-23 Yusef Lateef, American jazz saxophonist and flautist, dies at 93

Person of interestOrnette Coleman

2015-06-11 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Free Jazz), dies at 85

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • 2015-09-29 Phil Woods, American Jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 83
  • 2017-03-27 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 76
  • 2018-10-25 Sonny Fortune [Cornelius Fortune], American jazz saxophonist, dies at 79
  • 2020-01-19 Jimmy Heath "Little Bird", American jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 93
  • 2020-04-15 Lee Konitz, American jazz saxophonist (Birth of the Cool), dies of COVID-19 complications at 92