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Modern Sax Performances That Will Blow Your Mind | Saxophone Day

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Drum on your drums, batter on your banjoes,
sob on the long cool winding saxophones.

-Carl Sandburg, Jazz Fantasia

Celebrate National Saxophone Day with us!

On November 6th, we celebrate the birthday of Antoine-Joseph ‘Adolphe’ Sax, the inventor of this soulful and wide-ranged instrument that brings multiple music genres together.

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Scroll down to watch our compilation tribute to all sax players around the world!

Street musicians light up the mood at the Central Grand Station in NYC!

Lucky Chops- Danza 2016 (Live in the NYC Subway)

This funky band is formed by Leo P (Bari Sax), Josh Holcomb (Trombone), Daro Behroozi (Tenor Saxophone), Kevin Congleton (Drums), Joshua Gawel (Trumpet), and Raphael Buyo (Sousaphone)

Their powerful music has resonated all across the world, giving them millions of internet views, leading them to perform live in more than 25 countries.

Visit the Lucky Chops website here.

Dancing sax improvisation at Hudson Yards Vessel

2SAXY - Hudson Yards Vessel

Grace Kelly and Leo P (also a member of the group Lucky Chops) formed “2Saxy.” Together they have teamed up to bring unequivocal “saxiness” to the world with their chops, dance moves and colorful hair.

Their most popular videos like “Battle of the Saxes,” and “Fish & Chips” have attracted millions of viewers around the world!

Grace Kelly Go Time - “Fish & Chips” Feat. Leo P

From classy jazz to funky sax

Going back in history as the jazz age evolved, this instrument became an important component of both big bands and small ensembles, opening the way for musical improvisation and mixing other modern genres like rock, pop, soul, reggae and funk.

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One of these examples of change is the smooth adaptation of electronic music and jazz by the incredible saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and entertainer Jimmy Sax.

Jimmy Sax - No Man No Cry

If you’re looking for another and more modern beat, check out this collaboration by Thundersmack, Michael Wilbur and Chad LB!

"Cherry Bop" Thundersmack Feat. Chad LB

Listen to more different saxophone styles by some of our best PFC featured players!

Dean Fraser & The Rass Brass Extension

Dean Fraser Portrait

Dean Fraser - Flat Bridge

Dean Ivanhoe Fraser is a Jamaican saxophonist who has contributed to hundreds of reggae recordings since the mid-1970s. He was awarded the Musgrave Medal by the Jamaican government in 1993 in recognition of his services to music and continues to perform around the world.

Soul Rebel featuring Bunny Wailer and Manu Chao | Song Around The World | Playing For Change

Felipe Lamoglia

Felipe Lamoglia Portrait

Felipe Lamoglia saxophone solo

A Grammy-winning artist, composer and arranger from Cuba. Felipe Lamoglia has been performing regularly with Dafnis Prieto Sextet and Eldar Djangirov as well as developing his solo work releasing his first solo CD Dimensions, recorded in Brazil with Giovanni Hidalgo and Ignacio Berroa.

Donald Harrison

Donald Harrison Landscape

Big Chief Donald Harrison: "This I Dig of You" at Keystone Korner Baltimore

New Orleans born saxophonist Donald Harrison is a musician/composer who master musicians consider a master of every era of jazz, soul, funk, and a composer of orchestral classical music.

Queen Bee feat. Taj Mahal, Ben Harper, Rosanne Cash | Playing For Change | Song Around The World

Karl Denson

Karl Denson Portrait

Closer To The Sun - Slightly Stoopid (ft. Karl Denson)

Composer, band leader, and Rolling Stones saxophonist, Karl Denson performed across the continent and became one of the founders and leaders of San Diego's Greyboy Allstars as saxophonist, flutist, and singer.


Bring It On Home To Me (Sam Cooke) | Playing For Change | Song Around The World

Mathieu "Mateo" Aupitre

Mathieu Aupitre Mateo Portrait

Batida Diferente | Bossa Nova Revisited

Mathieu Aupitre is a french saxophonist, vocalist and arranger living in Barcelona. He debuted on the professional music scene with North and West African music, afrobeat, jazz-funk and Afro-Cuban jazz in different stages.

Pemba Laka | Playing For Change | Songs Around The World

Check out more incredible street performances inspired by the power of the saxophone!

BEATBoX SAX -"Stand By Me"- Solo Sax and Voice

Uptown Funk Street Saxophone

Epic Jazz Saxophone Battle

Which video did you like more? Do YOU know any incredible sax players?
Let us know in the comments on our social media!

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