Saxophone Wedding Songs by 11 Great Saxophonists

Saxophone Day is unofficially celebrated each year on November 6th. Just how was the day November 6th decided? Well, it is the birthday of the inventor of the saxophone – Adolphe Sax. The “sax” was invented in 1846 in Paris, France. However, Adolphe was born in Belgium.

Enjoy my list of saxophone wedding songs by great saxophonists.

Saxophone Wedding Songs

Saxophones are a reed instrument in the woodwind family. Reed instruments produce sound by forcing air into a mouthpiece which then causes a reed, or reeds, to vibrate.

We want to celebrate Saxophone Day with a list of some of the great saxophonists to play at weddings. Songs with a sax incorporated are typically categorized as Jazz or Blues.

Jazz music does not have to be playing only in the background but is also a good choice during cocktail hour and dinner. If you want to have music with a saxophone but want to focus your music on the celebration, then select more uptempo songs.

Greatest Saxophonists of All Time

In no particular order…

1. John Coltrane

Lived 1926-1967. Ballads is a great album of slow love songs for setting a classy and formal mood. A Love Supreme is another great album.

Popular songs include:

  1. In A Sentimental Mood
  2. My Little Brown Book
  3. My One And Only Love
  4. Blue Train
  5. My Favorite Things

2. Sonny Rollins

Born in 1930. Saxophone Colossus is considered one of the greatest Jazz albums of all time. Sonny is joined on this album by drummer Max Roach, pianist Tommy Flanagan, and bassist Doug Watkins.

Popular songs include:

  1. God Bless the Child
  2. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  3. St. Thomas
  4. He’s Younger Than You Are
  5. In A Sentimental Mood

3. Grover Washington Jr.

Lived 1943-1999. The album Winelight is one of the greatest smooth Jazz albums. It also features the song, “Just The Two Of Us”, with the vocals of Bill Withers.

Popular songs include:

  1. Just The Two Of Us
  2. Mister Magic
  3. Winelight
  4. Let It Flow (For “Dr. J”)
  5. Soulful Strut

4. Charlie Parker

Lived 1920-1955. We selected an album of his greatest hits as assembled by Century Masters – The Best Of Charlie Parker 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection. The album also features the great Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.

Popular songs include:

  1. All The Things You Are
  2. Summertime
  3. Scrapple From The Apple
  4. Donna Lee
  5. April In Paris

5. Coleman Hawkins

Lived 1904-1969. We selected the album The Genius Of Coleman Hawkins. We love this album for a more uptempo mood. The songs will keep a more lively atmosphere but still be awesome for Jazz lovers.

Popular songs include:

  1. Body And Soul
  2. Rosita
  3. Out Of Nowhere
  4. You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
  5. It Never Entered My Mind

6. Wayne Shorter

Lived 1933-2023. Speak No Evil is one of the more notable Jazz albums from Blue Note Records in the 1960s. The music combines elements of hard bop and modal jazz.

Popular songs include:

  1. Infant Eyes
  2. Footprints
  3. Virgo
  4. Ponta de Areia
  5. Speak No Evil

7. Kenny G

Born in 1956. Kenny is not considered a Jazz artist by Jazz purists by considering his music more New Age. His music is not for us to judge. However, the mass appeal and recognizable music of Kenny cannot be overlooked. Be sure to check out the song, “The Wedding Song”.

Popular songs include:

  1. How Could An Angel Break My Heart (with Toni Braxton)
  2. Songbird
  3. Forever In Love
  4. Everytime I Close My Eyes (with Babyface)
  5. The Moment

8. Stan Getz

Lived 1927-1991. Stan plays a tenor saxophone with a string orchestra on the album Focus released in 1962. Focus is a great cool Jazz album and one of Getz’s favorites.

Popular songs include:

  1. The Girl From Ipanema
  2. Corcovado (Quiet Night Of Quiet Stars)
  3. So Danco Samba
  4. A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square
  5. Para Machuchar Meu Coracao

9. David Sanborn

Born in 1945. David is an American alto saxophonist. David has been an influential genre crossover saxophonist since the 1980s including pop, R&B, and Jazz.

Popular songs include:

  1. Maputo
  2. Since I Fell For You (with Al Jarreau)
  3. Isn’t She Lovely
  4. Rikke
  5. Windmills Of Your Mind (with Randy Crawford)

10. Lester Young

Lived 1909-1959. Lester is an American jazz tenor saxophonist. Of note, Lester was a member of Count Basie’s orchestra. Young played with a relaxed, cool tone and used sophisticated harmonies.

Popular songs include:

  1. There Will Never Be Another You
  2. These Foolish Things
  3. I Can’t Get Started
  4. Stardust
  5. Blue Lester

11. Julian “Cannonball” Adderley

Popular songs include:

  1. The Masquerade Is Over
  2. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
  3. Autumn Leaves
  4. One For Daddy-O
  5. Save Your Love For Me

Do you have a favorite saxophone player? Please share your favorite below in the comments!

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