The Saxophone

Topics: Saxophone, Jazz, Tenor saxophone Pages: 2 (473 words) Published: December 16, 2010
The Saxophone

The saxophone has a long and interesting history dating back to the 1800’s. There are several different kinds of saxophones, and the cost can run between $500 and $5000 depending on what kind of saxophone it is. This instrument is most commonly associated with popular music, big band music, blues, early rock and roll, and jazz. The saxophone has been played by many famous performers and is a large part of the jazz band world. The inventor of the saxophone was Adolphe Sax. Adolphe’s father made instruments for a living, so Adolphe grew up near the flute and clarinet, some of the oldest instruments. He started out trying to improve the tone of a bass clarinet and ended up making a single- reed saxophone. He showed his saxophone to the public in 1844 and the saxophone was played for the first time in a band at the Paris Conservatory through the opera "Last King of Juda" by Georges Kastner. In 1886 he got a patent for the baritone saxophone, the soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, and tenor saxophone, and 10 other saxophones. The saxophone is considered a woodwind instrument because it has a reed. The average price of a student alto saxophone is $700. The price of an intermediate saxophone is around $1,800, and a professional alto saxophone can cost between $3,000 and $3,700. The student tenor saxophone costs a little more than the alto saxophone and is usually around $800. The intermediate tenor usually costs between $1,300 and $2,000. The professional tenor saxophone cost anywhere between $3,800 and $5,200 depending on which one you want. The soprano cost around $500. A Professional soprano saxophone cost around $3,000. Some performers that played the saxophone are Charlie Parker and Stan Getz. They were famous jazz players. Charlie Parker was famously known as Bird or Yardbird. He was both a saxophonist and a composer. Stan Getzs famous quote was “My life is music, and in some...
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