Inventor of the Saxophone


Tuesday, November 6th is National Saxophone Day commemorating the birth of the woodwind’s inventor, Adolphe Sax.

Antoine-Joseph “Adolphe” Sax a Belgium inventor was born on November 6, 1814. He not only invented the saxophone, he was also the originator of other instruments, including the saxotromba, saxhorn and saxtuba. Adolphe’s most significant invention was the improvement of the bass clarinet design, receiving a patent for his work at the age of 24. Prior to becoming an inventor, he was an accomplished flutist and clarinetist with the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, where he first started as an innovator. His most precedent setting work was the many different sizes of saxophones he invented during the early 1840s, thus leading to a 15-year patent on June 28, 1846. The patent included 14 different types of basic design covering two groups of seven instruments ranging from soprano to contrabass. Since Sax’s patent expired in 1866, saxophonists and instrument manufacturers have made modifications to the original design to improve the tonal quality of one of music’s most significant instruments.

Some of the most notable and significant saxophone greats include:

Arnett Cobb, Don Wilkerson, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, Paul Desmond, Lester “Prez” Young, John Coltrane, Charlie “Bird” Parker, Eric Dolphy, Illinois Jacquet, Sonny Rollins, David “Fathead” Newman, Gato Barbieri, Wilton Felder, Buddy Tate, Sidney Bechet, Stan Getz, Louis Jordan

In celebration of National Saxophone Day, sit back, relax and listen to some great sounding saxophone music. #SaxophoneDay to post on social media.