In China, Santa Claus is often depicted with a saxophone and no-one seems to know why chinadigitaltimes.net/201…
Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright was trained on trombone and saxophone, as well as being self-taught on guitar, piano and trumpet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
The inventor of the Saxophone, Adolphe Sax survived multiple near death experiences as a child such as; falling from a height of 3 stories and hitting his head on a stone, drinking a bowl of vitriolized water age 3 and surviving a gunpowder explosion that left him seriously burnt, among others en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
A saxophone was among the casualties of the Challenger disaster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
Today I learned about Hubert Fauntleroy Julian "The Black Eagle" Who parachuted into Harlem while playing saxophone in a devil costume in the 1920s in addition to doing a bunch of other wild stuff. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub…
Legendary saxophone player Lester Young not only revolutionized jazz through his unique laid-back approach, but also had a huge influence on our language today. He is said to have coined, among other expressions, "cool" to signify approval, "bread" as another word for money and "you dig?" smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
One of the astronauts on board the space shuttle Challenger was due to record saxophone parts in space for a Jean-Michel Jarre record en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
The writers of β€œParks and Recreation” had no idea Nick Offerman was a skilled saxophone player when they wrote the Duke Silver plot line. tv.com/news/a-conversatio…
In 1999 the first playable sub-contrabass (giant) saxophone was produced standing at over 7 feet (2 meters) tall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub…
The saxophone is the only instrument in wide use today that was invented by a single individual hub.yamaha.com/five-thing…
During WW2 when loanwords were out of fashion, Japanese word for saxophone had 19 syllables japantoday.com/category/f…
Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone, barely survived his childhood. In separate incidents, he fell three stories onto his head, swallowed a bowl of acid, swallowed a pin, was burned by gunpowder, and fell into a river. dinant.be/en/inheritance/…
Robert De Niro was so dedicated, to prepare for his roles, he actually gained 60 lbs for Raging Bull, lived in Sicily Italy for The Godfather Part II, ground his teeth for Cape Fear, became a cab driver for Taxi Driver, and learned to play the saxophone for New York, New York. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
According to a New York Times article from 1996, Lisa Simpson from 'The Simpsons' was responsible for an increase in young people, especially young women, playing the saxophone nytimes.com/1996/01/14/we…
The myths that David Bowie invented the board game Connect 4 and that Blockbusters host Bob Holnes played saxophone on Gerry Rafferty's Baker St were both invented by Stuart Maconie en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
The inventor the saxophone almost died several times as a child, including falling into a cast iron frying pan and drinking vitriolozed water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
The Guinness World Record for longest note ever recorded on a saxophone, at 45 minutes and 47 seconds, is held by...Kenny G. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
Raphael Ravenscroft was only paid Β£27.50 for laying down the most famous and well-recognized saxophone line in rock: Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rap…
The saxophone is named after its inventor, Adolphe Sax. His less well known inventions include the saxotromba, the saxotuba and the saxhorn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
Trip Adler CEO of Scribd earned the company’s first $17 in revenue by playing the saxophone outside Scribd’s office at Christmas time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Robin Williams learned to speak fluent Russian as well as how to play the saxophone in several months for the role of Vladimir Ivanoff in the movie "Moscow on the Hudson". His proficiency in Russian became immediately apparent upon meeting the Russian actors, many of whom speak no English sonymoviechannel.com/movi…
An increasingly common method for Brain Surgeons to ensure that a semi-conscious patient is OK during surgery is to have them play a musical instrument or sing during the procedure. Various patients have played saxophone, guitar, banjo, violin, and even sung opera while under the knife. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
A technique called "circular breathing" allowed a saxophone player to hold an E-flat for 45 minutes and 47 seconds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cir…
The smallest type of saxophone is called the sopranissimo or soprillo sax. Only 12 inches long and recently produced, there is very little market demand for this $3,400 instrument en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sop…
Ronald McNair, one of the astronauts killed in the 1986 Challenger explosion, brought his saxophone with him on that mission with the intent to record the first original piece of music in space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
Kenny G still plays the saxophone he's had since high school billboard.com/video/kenny…
The catchy saxophone riff from DJ Kool's "Let Me Clear My Throat" was sampled from a 1987 B-side by The 45 King. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let…
Saxophone Penis, also know as Ram's Horn is the result of a blocked lymph node or a bacterial infection that leaves the penis swollen and twisted. menshealth.com/health/10-…
Bleeding Gums Murphy (The Simpsons) first appearance is a reference to Sonny Rollins, the great saxophonist, who retired from public and was not seen for 3 years, until a journalist discovered him playing the saxophone alone on Williamsburg Bridge simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/B…
David Bowie plays guitar, piano, saxophone, harmonica, synthetizers, vibraphone, xylophone, koto, drums, viola and cello en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The fuzz from (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction was intended to be a placeholder for a saxophone, as that's how the fuzz pedal was originally marketed performingsongwriter.com/…
Today is the 200th birthday of Adolph Sax, inventor of the saxophone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
Chlamydia, if left untreated, can lead to "saxophone penis," in which chronic swelling bends the penis out of shape to resemble something like a saxophone [SFW]. lastwordonnothing.com/201…
The University of Nebraska at Kearney has a program that makes one-handed woodwind instruments, including a β€œtoggle-key” one-handed saxophone, available to permanently disabled individuals. unk.edu/academics/music/u…
The big muscly saxophone player in the movie "The Lost Boys" was the actual artist who performed the music.... he also supported Tina Turner! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Adolphe Sax the inventor of the Saxophone suffered at least one assassination attempt such was the dislike of his new invention among instrument makers saxophone-players-guide.c…
Adolphe Sax (inventor of the saxophone)was lucky to survive his childhood, during which he fell from a 3rd floor, swallowed a pin, was burned in a gunpowder accident, burned by a frying pan, poisoned 3 times by varnish fumes, hit on the head with a cobblestone and nearly drowned in a river encyclopedia.com/topic/Ad…
Unlike other woodwind instruments, Saxophones have the ability to play multiple notes at once tamingthesaxophone.com/sa…
The saxophone was named after its inventor Antoine-Joseph β€œAdolphe” Sax; he also invented the lesser-known saxhorn, saxtuba, and saxtromba. britannica.com/biography/…
Saxophone legend David Sanborn suffered from polio for eight years in his youth, and began playing the saxophone on a physician's advice to strengthen his weakened chest muscles and improve his breathing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The inventor of the saxophone, Adolphe Sax, also invented the saxtromba, saxhorn, and the saxtuba en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
Kenny G has been playing the same saxophone since high school. Every album he's recorded has been with that saxophone. He's 58 years old. oprah.com/own-where-are-t…
Flavor Flav is proficient in 15 instruments,including guitar,bass,saxophone and piano. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Because of the rules of the Eurovision, Epic Sax Guy was not actually playing the saxophone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run…
King Bhumibol was an accomplished jazz saxophone player and composer, that performed with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Benny Goodman, Stan Getz, Lionel Hampton, and Benny Carter youtube.com/watch?v=OjLSu…
Black Sabbath's original band name was The Polka Tulk Blues Band and they had a saxophone player en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
In 1998, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison called Bill Clinton "the first Black president", saying, "Clinton displays almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald's-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Famous Jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, known for pieces such as Birdland, was also a proficient soprano and baritone saxophone player en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
The saxophone is named for its creator, Adolphe Sax, who invented it when he was 27 in 1842. He also invented several unsuccessful instruments: the saxotromba, saxhorn and saxtuba. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
Epic Sax Guy is not actually playing his saxophone, as actual instrument playing is not allowed in Eurovision contests en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run…
Andy Serkis can play the Saxophone! youtube.com/watch?v=4znLa…
Today I learned of a unique recording session with jazz saxophone virtuoso Charlie Parker, where he drank a quart of whiskey before heading into the studio. His performance was so bad that during one of his solos, his frustrated trumpet player shouted "BLOW!" to Parker. (at the 0:37 mark) youtube.com/watch?v=J0KeC…
The saxophone was invented by a specific person, Adolphe Sax, in 1846 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sax…
David Bowie's first instrument was the saxophone, which he helped pay off by being a butcher's delivery boy. He took lessons from local musician Ronnie Ross, and after 10 lessons, he stopped seeing him claiming he was ready to be a rock star. answers.com/topic/david-b…
The saxophone is named for the man who invented it, Belgian manufacturer Adolphe Sax. inventors.about.com/od/ss…
The saxophone was named after its inventor, Adolphe Sax wikipedia.org/wiki/Saxoph…
Ron McNair, one of the astronauts who died in the Challenger disaster, planned to record a saxophone solo for Jean Michel Jarre's album "Rendez-Vous" during the flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
The saxophone is named after it's inventor, Adolphe Sax. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alt…
The saxophone player from 70's Canadian rock band Lighthouse went on to become the musical director for SNL and also won 3 Academy Awards for his composition work on Lord of the Rings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lig…
Today I learned of a type of saxophone known as a "tubax", a portmanteau of the words "tuba" and "sax". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tub…
The guy who invented the Saxophone made the Saxtuba as well en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sax…
The Contrabass saxophone is the largest saxophone at 6'4", and saxophones are named after Adolphe Sax. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
During the 1920s and 1930s, it was illegal to record saxophone music in the USSR. woodwindforum.com/forums/…
Alan Greenspan, Ex Chairman of the Federal Reserve, attended The Julliard School where he played the saxophone and clarinet. marketswiki.com/mwiki/Ala…
Flying Lotus's great uncle was John Coltrane, one the best saxophone players of all time. ascap.com/eventsawards/ev…
Ray charles can also play the saxophone. youtube.com/watch?v=WHZfZ…
Playing a woodwind instrument that hasn't been properly cleaned can cause a type of mold-based pneumonitis called 'saxophone lung' ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
The Saxophone riff at the beginning of "What's Going On" was just the musician "goofing off." Mavin Gaye dismissed him with, "You goof off exquisitely, thank you." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wha…
The saxophone solo at the end of the song "Midnight City" by M83 is performed by James King of the group Fitz and the Tantrums. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid…
Cookie Monster plays the saxophone. muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Bor…
Anthony Quinn played saxophone for Aimee Semple Mc Pherson's church, and would translate for her when she preached in Mexican neighborhoods. news.google.com/newspaper…
Jean-Michel Jarre almost cancelled his Rendez-vous in Houston concert (1986) because of the Challenger disaster and death of his friend astronaut Ron McNair, who was supposed to perform a track on saxophone from space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
Sergey "Epic Sax Guy" Stepanov wasn't actually playing the saxophone, because the Eurovision Song Contest did not allow musical instruments to be played on stage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run…
George Michael came up with the saxophone part in "Careless Whisper" while riding the bus home en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
One of the astronauts aboard the Challenger was planning to make the first musical recording in space, and brought his saxophone on board. skepticblog.org/2010/08/0…
For a Jean Michel concert, the last song was supposed to have the saxophone part played in outer space by astronaut Ron McNair, and streamed back via live link, but he and the entire Space Shuttle Challenger crew were killed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
Jennifer Garner was a saxophone player in high school...and tried to impress a boy she had a crush on by playing Phil Collin's 'Groovy Kind of Love.' aceshowbiz.com/news/view/…
The contrabass saxophone (the lowest-pitched saxophone) is six feet four inches tall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…

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