Famous Saxophonists in History

Events in Music

  • 1846-06-28 Saxophone is patented by Antoine-Joseph "Adolfe" Sax
  • 1954-01-08 Jerry Vivino, American rock and R&B saxophonist (Max Weinberg 7; Vivino Brothers), born in Paterson, New Jersey

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 284

  • 1791-02-01 Charles-Joseph Sax, Belgian music instrument builder of wind and brass instruments whose son invented the saxophone, born in Dinant, Wallonia, Belgium (d. 1865)
  • 1814-11-06 Adolphe Sax, Belgium musician and inventor (saxophone), born in Dinant, Belgium (d. 1894)
  • 1890-12-30 Charles Cyril "Charlie" Creath, American jazz trumpeter, saxophonist, accordionist, and bandleader, born in Ironton, Missouri (d. 1951)
  • 1897-05-14 Sidney Bechet, American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, band leader, and composer ("Petite Fleur"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1959)
  • 1900-02-09 Walter Page, American jazz double bassist, saxophonist, tuba player, and bandleader (Blue Devils; Count Basie Orchestra), born in Gallatin, Missouri (d. 1957)
  • 1901-02-16 Wayne King, American saxophonist and bandleader, known as the Waltz King ("The Waltz You Saved for Me"), born in Savannah Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1902-01-23 Benny Waters, American jazz saxophonist & clarinetist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1998)
  • 1902-06-06 Jimmie Lunceford, American saxophonist and bandleader, born in Fulton, Mississippi (d. 1947)
  • 1904-03-27 Hal Kemp American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger and sweet jazz bandleader, born in Marion, Alabama (d. 1940)
  • 1904-05-31 Otto "Toby" Hardwicke, American jazz alto saxophone player (The Washingtonians, 1923-28; Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1932-46 - "Sophisticated Lady"; "In A Sentimental Mood"), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1970)
  • 1904-11-21 Coleman Hawkins, American jazz musician who virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz, born in St. Joseph, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1906-03-13 Frank Teschemacher, American jazz clarinetist and alto-saxophonist, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1932)
  • 1906-03-27 Charles "Pee Wee" Russell, American jazz clarinet and saxophone player, born in Maplewood, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1906-04-13 Lawrence "Bud" Freeman, American jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader, and composer ("The Eel"; "Zen Is When"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1906-12-07 George James, American jazz saxophonist, born in Boggs, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1906-12-09 Freddy Martin, American orchestra leader (started Merv Griffin) and tenor saxophonist, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1983)
  • 1907-02-10 Walter "Foots" Thomas, American saxophonist, flutist, and arranger (Cab Calloway Orchestra), born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, (d. 1981)
  • 1907-03-28 Herb Hall, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist (d. 1996)
  • 1907-07-25 Johnny Hodges, American saxophonist, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1970)
  • 1908-02-20 Seymour Österwall, Swedish jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader and composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1981)
  • 1909-02-26 Chauncey Haughton, American jazz clarinetist, and saxophonist (Blanche Calloway; Chick Webb; Cab Calloway), born in Chestertown, Maryland (d. 1989)
  • 1909-03-27 Ben Webster, American tenor saxophonist, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1973)
  • 1909-04-08 George Dixon, American jazz trumpeter, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1909-04-22 Hymie Shertzer, American jazz and session saxophonist (Benny Goodman; NBC's Tonight Show), born in New York City (d. 1977)
  • 1909-08-27 Lester Young, American jazz saxophonist, born in Woodville, Mississippi (d. 1959)
  • 1909-10-04 Noel Chiboust, French jazz trumpeter and saxophonist, born in Thorigny-sur-Marne, France (d. 1994)
  • 1910-02-21 Al Sears, American jazz and R&B saxophonist (Duke Elllington Orchestra; Johnny Hodges - "Castle Rock"), born in Macomb, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1910-04-01 Harry Carney, American tenor and baritone jazz saxophonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1927-74), born in Boston, Massachussets (d. 1974)
  • 1910-05-27 Earl "Jock" Caruthers American jazz saxophonist (Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, 1932-47), born in Monroe, Mississippi (d. 1971)
  • 1911-03-07 Louis Cottrell Jr., Creole-American jazz clarinetist and tenor saxophonist (Heritage Hall Jazz Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1978)
  • 1911-05-28 Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt, American jazz and session saxophonist and clarinetist (Dorsey Brothers; Benny Goodman; Lawrence Wlek), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1992)
  • 1912-02-13 Arthur "Schneeze" Rollini, American big band jazz tenor saxophonist, born in New York City (d. 1993)
  • 1912-05-12 Marshall Royal, American jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist (Count Basie Orchestra), born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1912-06-15 Alix Combelle, French swing saxophonist, clarinetist, and bandleader (Quintette du Hot Club de France), born in Paris, France (d. 1978)
  • 1912-06-19 Jerry Jerome, American saxophonist (Words & Music), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1912-10-21 Carlos Don Byas, US jazz saxophonist
  • 1913-01-10 Haywood Frank Henry, American jazz baritone saxophonist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • 1913-02-22 George "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)
  • 1914-02-12 Gordon "Tex" Beneke, American saxophonist/bandleader/vocalist (Glenn Miller Orchestra), born in Fort Worth, Texas; (d. 2000)
  • 1914-03-19 James "Buster" Bennett, American blues saxophonist and blues shouter, born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 1980)
  • 1914-07-01 Earle Warren, American alto sax player, born in Springfield, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1914-12-29 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1989)
  • 1916-02-16 Charlie Fowlkes, American baritone saxophonist (Count Basie Orchestra, 1953-80), born in New York City (d. 1980)
  • 1916-04-09 Julian Dash, American swing jazz tenor saxophonist, and composer ("Tuxedo Junction"), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1974)
  • 1916-07-27 Elbert Skippy Williams, American jazz tenor saxophonist and musical arranger, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • 1916-12-02 Charlie Ventura, American jazz tenor saxophonist (Bop for the people), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 1917-01-22 Albert "Pud" Brown, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1996)
  • 1917-05-25 Jimmy Hamilton, American jazz saxophonist, born in Dillon, South Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1917-06-13 Philip Bodner, American jazz clarinetist and studio musician (also played flute, oboe, saxophone, piccolo, and English horn), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2008)
  • 1917-12-18 Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, American blues, jazz, and R&B alto saxophonist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1918-06-13 "Wild Bill" Moore, American R&B and jazz tenor saxophone player ("We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll": Marvin Gaye's "Mercy, Mercy Me"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1983)
  • 1918-08-17 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, born in Newark. New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • 1919-04-22 Benjamin "Bull Moose" Jackson, American R&B saxophone player and singer ("Hurry, Hurry"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1989)
  • 1919-05-24 Herbie Fields [Bernfeld], American jazz saxophonist and bandleader ("Dardanella"), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1958)
  • 1919-05-31 (Emmanual Tettey) "E.T." Mensah, Ghanaian saxophonist, known as the "King of Highlife" music (Accra Rhythmic Orchestra; The Tempos), born in Accra, West Africa (d. 1996)
  • 1919-10-08 Hal Singer, American jazz and R&B saxophonist ("Corn Bread"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1920-01-24 Jimmy Forrest, American jazz saxophonist (Night Train), born In St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1980)
  • 1920-03-08 James Daniel "Danny" Turner, saxophonist
  • 1920-03-27 Carl-Henrik Norin Swedish jazz saxophonist, and composer ("Mississippi Mood"), born in Västerås, Sweden (d. 1967)
  • 1920-08-29 Charlie "Bird" Parker, American jazz saxophonist (Ornithology), born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 1955)
  • 1920-10-09 Yusef Lateef [William Huddleston], American jazz saxophonist and flautist, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2013)
  • 1921-01-03 Musa Kaleem [Orlando Wright], American jazz saxophonist, born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1988)
  • 1921-02-13 Wardell Gray, American swing and bebop jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1955)
  • 1921-03-14 Frank Ottersen, Norwegian jazz violinist and saxophonist (Ding, Dong, Dang), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1971)
  • 1922-01-04 Frank Wess, flutist/saxophonist/composer, (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, American jazz saxophonist (Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band), born in Culver City, California (d. 1986)
  • 1922-03-20 Larry Elgart, American big band jazz alto saxophonist, and bandleader ("Bandstand Boogie"; "Hooked On Swing"), born in New London, Connecticut (d. 2017)
  • 1922-06-15 Jaki Byard, American jazz pianist (Charlie Mingus), saxophonist, drummer, composer, arranger, and educator, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • 1922-10-31 Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist, born in Broussard, Louisiana (d. 2004)
  • 1922-12-14 Cecil Payne, American jazz baritone saxophonist, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 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)
  • 1923-06-02 Del Simmons [James Joseph Simonian], American saxophonist (Captain Beefheart) (d. 2011)
  • 1924-02-02 Sonny Stitt [Edward Hammond Boatner Jr], American jazz saxophonist (Blows the Blues), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • 1924-04-06 Charlie Rouse, American hard bop tenor saxophonist (Thelonious Monk Quartet; Sphere), born in Washington, DC (d. 1988)
  • 1924-11-25 Paul Desmond, American jazz alto saxophonist (Dave Brubeck Quartet - "Take Five"), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1977)
  • 1925-02-26 David Pell, American big band jazz saxophonist, bandleader (Dave Pell Octet), and record producer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1925-03-21 Harold Ashby American jazz tenor saxophonist (Willie Dixon; Duke Ellington, 1968-75), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1925-03-25 James Moody, American jazz saxophonist, flutist and orchestra leader
  • 1925-04-01 Kathy Stobart, British jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader, and teacher, born in South Shields, England (d. 2014)
  • 1925-09-01 Art Pepper, American alto saxophonist and clarinetist, born in Gardena, California (d. 1982)
  • 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)
  • 1926-02-20 Bobby Jaspar, Belgian jazz saxophonist, flautist and composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1963)
  • 1926-05-27 Clifford “Bud” Shank, American jazz saxophonist and flute player, born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1926-07-02 Billy Usselton, American big band jazz saxophonist (Les Brown and His Band of Renown), born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1926-07-02 Lee Allen, American tenor sax player (Walkin' With Mr Lee), born in Pittsburg, Kansas (d. 1994)

Person of interestJohn Coltrane

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

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  • 1926-10-25 Jimmy Heath "Little Bird", American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1926-12-23 Ron Gowans, Australian jazz saxophonist, born in Sydney (d. 2009)
  • 1927-01-11 Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair, saxophonist
  • 1927-01-28 Ronnie Scott [Schatt], British jazz saxophonist and club-owner, born in Aldgate, East London (d. 1996)
  • 1927-02-02 Stan Getz [Stanley Gayetski], American jazz tenor saxophonist (Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1927-04-06 Gerry Mulligan, American saxophonist and orchestra leader (Jazz On A Summer Day), born in Queens, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1927-04-29 (Cecil James) "Big Jay" McNeely, American R&B saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2018)
  • 1927-05-31 (James) "Red" Holloway, American jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Helena, Arkansas (d. 2012)
  • 1927-06-03 (Homer) "Boots" Randolph, American session saxophonist ("Yakety Sax"), born in Paducah, Kentucky (d. 2007)
  • 1927-06-20 John M Dengler, American jazz multi-instrumentalist - bass sax/trumpet/trombone (The Intensely Vigorous Jazz Band), born in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania [1]
  • 1927-08-16 Dennis Moss, British jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Surrey, England (d. 2008)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1946-03-30 Ameican actress Doris Day (23) weds American jazz saxophonist George Weidler (20); divorce in 1949

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
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John Coltrane

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1949-05-31 American singer and actress Doris Day (27) divorces American saxophonist George Weidler (23) after 3 years of marriage

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 188

  • 1865-04-26 Charles J Sax, Belgium musician & father of Adolphe Sax inventor of the saxophone, dies at 74
  • 1894-02-04 Adolphe Sax, Belgium musician and inventor (saxophone), dies at 79
  • 1932-03-01 Frank Teschemacher, American jazz clarinetist and alto-saxophonist, killed in a car accident at 25
  • 1940-12-21 Hal Kemp American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger and sweet jazz bandleader, dies as a result of a car accident at 36
  • 1947-07-12 Jimmie Lunceford, American saxophonist and bandleader, dies at 45
  • 1951-10-23 Charles Cyril "Charlie" Creath, American jazz trumpeter, saxophonist, accordionist, and bandleader, dies at 60
  • 1955-03-12 Charlie "Bird" Parker, American jazz saxophonist (Ornithology), dies pf pneumonia and bleeding ulcer at 34 in NYC
  • 1955-05-25 Wardell Gray, American swing and bebop jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 34
  • 1955-08-28 Bob Gordon, American cool jazz baritone saxophonist, dies in a car accident at 27
  • 1957-12-20 Walter Page, American jazz double bassist, baritone saxophonist, tuba player, and bandleader (Blue Devils; Count Basie Orchestra), dies at 57
  • 1958-09-17 Herbie Fields [Bernfeld], American jazz saxophonist and bandleader ("Dardanella"), dies from an intentional overdose of sleeping pills at 39
  • 1959-05-14 Sidney Bechet, American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, band leader, and composer ("Petite Fleur"), dies of lung cancer on his 62nd birthday
  • 1963-01-16 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, dies of cancer at 44
  • 1963-02-28 Bobby Jaspar, Belgian jazz saxophonist, flautist and composer dies of a heart attack at 37
  • 1965-10-28 Earl Bostic, American jazz alto saxophonist (Flamingo, Temptation), dies at 52
  • 1967-05-23 Carl-Henrik Norin Swedish jazz saxophonist, and composer ("Mississippi Mood"), dies at 47

Person of interestJohn Coltrane

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

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  • 1967-12-10 Phalin Jones, American soul and R&B saxophonist (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), dies in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin at 19
  • 1969-02-15 Charles "Pee Wee" Russell, American jazz clarinet and saxophone player, dies at 62
  • 1969-05-19 Coleman Hawkins, American jazz musician who virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz, dies at 64
  • 1970-05-11 Johnny Hodges, American saxophonist, dies at 62
  • 1970-07-31 Booker Ervin [Booker Telleferro Ervin II], American saxophonist (Charles Mingus), dies of kidney disease at 39
  • 1970-08-05 Otto "Toby" Hardwicke, American jazz alto saxophone player (The Washingtonians, 1923-28; Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1932-46 - "Sophisticated Lady"; "In A Sentimental Mood"), dies at 66
  • 1971-04-05 Earl "Jock" Caruthers American jazz saxophonist (Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, 1932-47), dies at 60
  • 1971-05-22 Frank Ottersen, Norwegian jazz violinist and saxophonist (Ding, Dong, Dang), dies at 50
  • 1971-08-13 King Curtis [Curtis Ousley], American musician, bandleader and saxophonist (Memphis Soul Stew), murdered at 37
  • 1972-08-24 Carlos Wesley "Don" Byas, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 59
  • 1973-01-02 Joseph Arthurlin "Joe" Harriott, Jamaican-British be-bop and free-form jazz alto saxophonist (Abstract), dies of cancer at 44
  • 1973-09-20 Ben Webster, American tenor saxophonist, dies at 64
  • 1974-02-25 Julian Dash, American swing jazz tenor saxophonist, and composer ("Tuxedo Junction"), dies at 67
  • 1974-08-06 Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1925)
  • 1974-08-13 Tina Brooks, American blues and funk saxophonist (True Blue), dies of liver failure at 42
  • 1974-10-08 Harry Carney, American tenor and baritone jazz saxophonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1927-74), dies at 64
  • 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
  • 1977-03-22 Hymie Shertzer, American jazz and session saxophonist (Benny Goodman; NBC's Tonight Show), dies at 67
  • 1977-05-30 Paul Desmond, American jazz alto saxophonist (Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • 1977-11-19 William "Sonny" Criss, American bebop jazz saxophonist (Jazz U.S.A.), commits suicide while suffering from stomach cancer at 50
  • 1978-03-21 Louis Cottrell Jr., Creole-American jazz clarinetist and tenor saxophonist (Heritage Hall Jazz Band), dies at 67
  • 1978-03-26 Alix Combelle, French swing saxophonist, clarinetist, and bandleader (Quintette du Hot Club de France), dies at 65
  • 1980-02-09 Charlie Fowlkes, American baritone saxophonist (Count Basie Orchestra, 1953-80), dies at 63
  • 1980-06-04 Charles Miller, American rock-funk flutist, saxophonist, and singer (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; "Low Rider"), stabbed to death during a mugging in Los Angeles at 41
  • 1980-07-03 James "Buster" Bennett, American blues saxophonist and blues shouter, dies at 66
  • 1980-08-26 Jimmy Forrest, American jazz saxophonist (Night Train), dies at 60
  • 1981-08-03 Seymour Österwall, Swedish jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader and composer, dies at 73
  • 1981-08-26 Walter "Foots" Thomas, American saxophonist, flutist, and arranger (Cab Calloway Orchestra), dies from cancer at 74
  • 1982-06-15 Art Pepper, American jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist, dies of a stroke at 56
  • 1982-07-22 Sonny Stitt [Edward Hammond Boatner Jr], American jazz saxophonist (Blows the Blues), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1983-07-01 Sandy Mosse, American jazz tenor saxophonist, and bandleader (Pieces of Eight), dies at 54
  • 1983-08-01 "Wild Bill" Moore, American R&B and jazz tenor saxophone player ("We're Gonna Rock, We're Gonna Roll": Marvin Gaye's "Mercy, Mercy Me"), dies at 65
  • 1983-09-30 Freddy Martin, American orchestra leader (started Merv Griffin) and tenor saxophonist, dies at 76
  • 1985-07-16 Wayne King, American saxophonist and bandleader, known as the Waltz King ("The Waltz You Saved for Me", dies at 84
  • 1986-01-10 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 48
  • 1986-05-30 Hank Mobley, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 55
  • 1986-10-27 Alan Branscombe, British jazz and session pianist, vibraphonist, and saxophonist (Tubby Hayes; Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"), dies at 50
  • 1986-11-03 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis [Edward F. Davis], American jazz saxophonist (Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1988-03-26 Musa Kaleem [Orlando Wright], American jazz saxophonist, dies at 67
  • 1988-07-02 Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, American blues, jazz, and R&B alto saxophonist, dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1988-11-30 Charlie Rouse, American hard bop jazz tenor saxophonist (Thelonious Monk Quartet; Sphere), dies of lung cancer at 64
  • 1989-01-21 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 74
  • 1989-04-22 Benjamin "Bull Moose" Jackson, American R&B saxophone player and singer ("Hurry, Hurry"), dies at 70
  • 1989-07-01 Chauncey Haughton, American jazz clarinetist, and saxophonist (Blanche Calloway; Chick Webb; Cab Calloway), dies at 80
  • 1990-03-23 Al Sears, American jazz and R&B saxophonist (Duke Elllington Orchestra; Johnny Hodges - "Castle Rock"), dies at 80
  • 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
  • 1990-06-30 Dudu Pukwana [Mtutuzel], South African saxophonist and composer, dies at 51
  • 1990-11-18 Peter Schilperoort, saxophonist/clarinetist, dies
  • 1991-01-04 Leo Wright, American jazz saxophone and flute player (Dizzy Gillespie;; Blues Shout; I Left My Heart In San Francisco), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1991-05-15 Lawrence "Bud" Freeman, American jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader, and composer ("The Eel"; "Zen Is When"), dies of cancer at 84
  • 1991-06-06 Stan Getz [Stanley Gayetski], American jazz tenor saxophonist (Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey), dies of liver cancer at 64
  • 1991-09-04 Charlie Barnet, saxophonist (Cherokee), dies of pneumonia at 77
  • 1991-12-12 (Albert Ronald) "Ronnie" Ross, Scottish jazz and session baritone saxophonist, dies of cancer at 58
  • 1992-01-17 Charlie Ventura, American jazz tenor saxophonist (Bop for the people), dies of cancer at 75
  • 1992-04-17 Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt, American jazz and session saxophonist and clarinetist (Dorsey Brothers; Benny Goodman; Lawrence Wlek), dies at 80
  • 1992-11-14 George Adams, US tenor saxophonist/flautist (Changes One), dies
  • 1993-03-27 Clifford Jordan, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 61
  • 1993-04-19 Steve Douglas [Kreisman], American session and touring saxophonist and flautist (Phil Spector; Duane Eddy; Beach Boys), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 1993-07-30 Donald Myrick, American saxophonist ("If Leaving Me Is Easy, One More Night), is fatally shot by police during a narcotics investigation at 53
  • 1993-09-28 Fraser MacPherson, Canadian jazz saxophonist (b. 1928)
  • 1993-12-30 Arthur "Schneeze" Rollini, American big band jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 81
  • 1994-01-17 Grady "Fats" Jackson, tenor Sax Player, dies at 66
  • 1994-01-17 Noel Chiboust, French jazz trumpeter and saxophonist, dies at 84
  • 1994-02-28 Elbert Skippy Williams, American jazz tenor saxophonist and musical arranger, dies at 77
  • 1994-06-04 Earle Warren, American jazz alto sax player, dies at 79
  • 1994-07-11 Charles "Lefty" Edwards, saxophonist, dies at 67
  • 1994-07-25 John M Dengler, American jazz multi-instrumentalist - bass sax/trumpet/trombone (The Intensely Vigorous Jazz Band), dies from cancer at 67
  • 1994-08-01 George Dixon, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • 1994-08-09 Clarence Ford, American sax player, dies at 64
  • 1994-09-05 Billy Usselton, American big band jazz saxophonist (Les Brown and His Band of Renown), dies at 68
  • 1994-09-15 Haywood Frank Henry, sax player, dies at 81
  • 1994-09-20 Jimmy Hamilton, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 77
  • 1994-10-18 Lee Allen, American tenor sax player (Walkin' With Mr Lee), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1994-11-23 Eldero L D Williams, tenor saxophonist, dies at 70
  • 1995-01-06 James Clay, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 59
  • 1995-01-30 George James, American jazz 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
  • 1995-04-19 "King" Herbert Whitaker, American R&B tenor saxophonist, dies at 66
  • 1995-05-09 Marshall Royal, American jazz alto saxophonist & clarinetist (Count Basie Orchestra), dies at 82
  • 1995-06-23 Jack Schroer, British saxophonist & pianist (The Caledonia Soul Orchestra), dies at 51
  • 1995-07-21 Edwin "Russell" House, saxophonist, dies at 65

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