National Saxophone Day – November 6th

National Saxophone Day

via National Day Calendar

National Saxophone Day commemorates the birth of the woodwind’s inventor, Adolphe Sax, on November 6.  The saxophone is one of the main instruments in jazz music.

National Saxophone Day

Break A Leg Network member Alex McDowell

Born on November 6, 1814, Adolphe Sax invented many musical instruments including the saxophone.  Sax constructed saxophones in several sizes in the early 1840s 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.

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

Here is a list of some of the Saxophone greats:

  • Stan Getz
  • Sidney Bechet
  • Sonny Rollins
  • Lester Young
  • Eric Dolph
  • Coleman Hawkins “Hawk”
  • John Coltrane
  • Charlie Parker “Bird”
  • Kenny G.
  • Steve Cole
  • Jimmy Dorsey
  • Julian Adderley “Cannonball”
  • Grover Washington Jr.
  • Wesley Magoogan
  • Dick Parry
  • Herbie Flowers
  • Ronnie Ross



November 6 was chosen to celebrate National Saxophone Day in honor of the birth date of Adolphe Sax. However, our research was unable to find the creator of National Saxophone Day.


To celebrate National Saxophone Day, listen to some great saxophone music! Use #SaxophoneDay to post on social media.

How do you plan to celebrate the day? Comment below and let us know your favorite song, players, and anything else saxophone-related!

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