National Saxophone Day November 6.  Photo Credit:

National Saxophone Day November 6. Photo Credit:


National Saxophone day is celebrated annually on the birthday of British instrument maker, Adophe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone, one of the main instruments in jazz music.

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

Here is a list of some of the Saxophone greats.

  • Stan Getz
  • Sidney Bechet
  • Sonny Rollins
  • Lester Young
  • Eric Dolphy
  • Coleman Hawkins “Hawk”
  • John Coltrane
  • Charlie Parker “Bird”
  • Kenny G.
  • Steve Cole
  • Jimmy Dorsey
  • Julian Adderley “Cannonball”
  • Grover Washington Jr.

To celebrate National Saxophone Day, listen to some of their, or other great saxophone music.


We know that November 6 was chosen to celebrate National Saxophone Day in honor of the birth date of Adophe Sax, however, our research was unable to find the creator of National Saxophone Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.


5 Responses to “NATIONAL SAXOPHONE DAY – November 6”

  1. Marc November 6, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    Nice to see the Saxophone represented. A small correction, Adophe Sax was born in Dinant, Belgium and spent much of his career working in Paris, France.

  2. Ryan November 6, 2014 at 8:17 am #

    Adolphe Sax was not British. He was born in Dinant, Belgium, and then moved to Paris after the saxophone was invented, and taught at the Paris Conservatory.

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